PROJECT OVERVIEW: LIGHT THE BARRICADES reimagines the wall as a site for contemplating our inner obstructions in an age of distraction. Shining a light on the difficult emotions that thwart our progress, this public installation is inspired by the ancient I Ching, a philosophical system of diagrams first carved into the wall of a prison cell three thousand years ago. Believed to be one of the oldest books in the world, the I Ching provides a guide for weathering the flux of life, particularly the obstacles of resentment, judgment, and doubt—qualities that increasingly seem to dominate American life today. Emphasizing the value of communal as well as personal introspection, the I Ching reminds us that “keeping still when faced with obstruction provides an opportunity to turn inward and resolve our difficulties.” Inspired by these instructions, Chang and Reeves created three electrified shrines throughout Los Angeles. Illuminated from within, each wall offers a ritual that invites passersby to sit for a five-minute reflection with a sand timer and a question about resentment, judgment, or doubt. Commissioned by the Annenberg Space for Photography, the lightboxes were located at Grand Park, the Annenberg Community Beach House, and the Natural History Museum of Los Angeles County before being displayed as a series at the Annenberg Space for Photography as part of Walls: Defend, Divide, and the Divine, an exhibit that examines the historical use and artistic treatment of walls over centuries.
CATEGORY: Professional SETTING: Urban STATUS: Completed project
BY: Candy Chang & James A. Reeves