Artworks

‘Offshore’, 2020Wood; chain-link and barbed wire fence; steel; screen-print on cotton with stitching; Coroplast and grommets; and binocular viewerTwo parts: 20 × 12.6 × 32.6 feet and optical viewer: 6 × 2 × 2 feet
Images by Nicholas Knight Studio; KMDeco Creative Solutions: Mark DiConzo; and Sara Morgan

About ‘Offshore’

A square chain-link fence cage topped with razor wire perches over the Park’s shoreline in the artist’s monument to prison abolition. Offshore proposes a reverse-commemoration, imagining a monument constructed in the future when offshore prisons and extrajudicial detention no longer occur. Pennants bearing messages from people formerly and currently incarcerated festoon the fence. An optical viewing machine, commonly found at tourist sites for monumental architecture and scenic vistas, allows the public to contemplate this prison-like structure that appears to hover like a ghostly presence.

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