Beyond this Form
CONCEPT: The simple act of looking upward can inspire immense beneficial psychological changes within an individual. As a person looks upward, their shoulders roll back, their chest opens and their chin lifts up. This experience can lead to improved confidence, positive thinking and expansive thoughts. Beyond This Form will initiate this shift in bodily position as well as be a symbol for the optimism. Lightness, activity, freedom, movement, intellect, communication and thought are all traits associated with its form, the octahedron. The more often these shifts in the body and mind connection can happen, the longer lasting the change in an individual’s life can be maintained.
DESCRIPTION: I created a three-dimensional octahedron Plexiglas sculpture composed of eight identical triangles of equal linear length and angles, measuring an overall height of 18’ and width of 20’’. Beyond This Form is suspended by three corners with heavy gauge aircraft cable from square tube stock steel frames. Each frame was connected to the trunk and branches of three trees in the vacant lot on the corner of 40th and Lisbon Avenue. This location provides an almost uninterrupted 360-degree view of the sky, along with a heavy pedestrian travel route making the experience more prevalent. The view of the sky is just as, if not more important, than the sculpture itself since the goal of the project is to prompt passersby to look up and let the mind body shift take place. If an area group associated with mindful practices, such as mediation, could expand the experience prompted by the sculpture to a community scale so that the art becomes a symbol for those actions.
LOCATION: SW corner 33rd Street and West Lisbon Avenue, Milwaukee, Wisconsin