Site Specific

THE FUTURE STANDS STILL BUT WE MOVE IN INFINITE SPACE

Location: 1320 building (former Oregonian building), Portland, OR
Medium: Mirror, etched mirror, LED light panels
Dimensions: 200’ x 6’ x 2’
Year completed: 2016

Commissioned by Urban Renaissance Group and the Regional Arts and Culture Council, "The Future Stands Still but We Move in Infinite Space" was created to activate a full block of the 6th Avenue bus mall in downtown Portland, Oregon. There are a total of 36 etched and illuminated mirror boxes integrated permanently within the structure of the building. The reverse etched imagery within the artworks begins with a view of the building from above; as the viewer walks down the street the boxes reflect a progressively distant perspective of their location, ending with an image of our galaxy from afar. The piece, titled after a line in Rainer Maria Rilke’s Letters to a Young Poet, engages the concepts of time and space with the hope of providing grounding context for modern city dwellers who so often are looking down into increasingly micro universes. This installation instead attempts to draw the viewer not only to look up and engage with the piece itself, but to reflect on the human experience and our place within it all. Whether encouraging the individuals to later stare at the stars, or to stare deeply into each box where the images are reflected infinitely, this piece hopes to slow the lives of passersby and perhaps remind them of our place in time and timelessness.