1979 SITE SPECIFIC INSTALLATION: RODEO, NEW MEXICO. EARTH, WOOD, MIXED MEDIA.
Project award from San Francisco Museum of Modern Art.
Two central concerns:
1) Environmental: to create an imaginary sun line, when on the summer solstice, as the sun rises over the pass a mile and a quarter distant, it falls into an underground chamber. The underground space is 7' deep and 14' diameter.
2) Personal: the opportunity to say "goodbye" to members of my family, to whom, when they were dead or dying, I did not have an opportunity to say goodbye.
Inside of each box was an object made for nourishment, something for protection for this journey and something soft and something beautiful as well as a specific object made for that person. The face of each box was branded with an appropriate mark. The boxes were then put in the ground and covered up and that was that. The intention was that the piece would never be finished and would be in constant change due to natural forces. The contract with the owners stated that they would document the site every two years.