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vanity closet for Belle Isle, 2013

In vanity closet for Belle Isle, 2013, a board with photos of a billboard in Detroit revolves around hand rails used in subway cars according to the wind.  Photos taken of the billboard at angles corresponding with hours of the day on a sun dial are used to make transparencies.  The transparencies hang along a circular hand rail that intersects the middle of the revolving billboard.  Each transparency arranges according to their respective time along a sun dial.

vanity closet for Belle Isle does several things.  In one instance, the work posits the billboard within reach of the pedestrian.  In another instance, the documentation of the billboard at different hours of the day and directed towards corresponding hours on a sun dial, which then becomes the digits of a sun dial, attempts to turn the billboard into a sun dial only absent the earth’s rotation.  Meanwhile, the revolving billboard makes parts of the sun dial invisible according to wind velocity and direction, which, may or may not correspond with the direction of the sun. 

Belle Isle is the largest island city park in the United States.  The city of Detroit hired Frederick Law Olmsted to design the park in 1883.  In keeping with the City Beautiful Movement, Olmstead’s designs placed the park removed from the city’s slums.  A wealthy inheritor and businessman, James Scott bequeathed a marble fountain and a life-size bronze statue of himself to Bell Isle in his will in 1910.  Detroit accepted the statue and fountain with much controversy due to Scott’s reputation.  Prior to European settlement, the Chippewa and Ottawa called the island Wah-na-be-zee (Swan Island).

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