We
steel, enamel, approx 950ft. monofilament
site-specific outdoor installation

2006

"We" was an interpretation of the childhood tin-can phone experiment, wherein a length of wire, string, or twine is stretched between two empty cans in an effort that two people might speak to each other from across a room, yard, or playground. The actual operation is largely based on faith, much in the same way that one hears the ocean in a seashell or tries to read the lips of strangers. The piece draws much of it's context from efforts at intimate communication and the difficulties inherent in sharing our deeper emotions within the limiting boundaries of spoken language.

More of a gesture than an operational device for communicating to one another, "We" consisted of two can "phones" built into antennae-like mounts, with a line running between them and over the Bloomfield Ravine (known colloquially as "the Hollow") over which spans the Bloomfield Bridge. The Hollow, while geographically dividing two neighborhoods of Pittsburgh behind my home, also operates under the radar as a sort of no-man's-land.

The core inspiration for this piece came from artist/activist/longtime cohort etta cetera, through her band The Lay-Z-Boyz' song "Tin Can Phone Over the Hollow" (later by The Hollow Sisters & Mr. Marcus).