Avarice / Border Dynamics

Went for a walk to the University, it was homecoming. (Arizona lost: Utah 34, Arizona 21.)

 

Went to the library to see if a Google search on their computers turned up "666isMONEY' by typing in "666," it did.

 

Map link shows the Harvill building where the "Border Dynamics" sculpture is located.

 

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Border Dynamics

 

. . . . Last year, they [Alberto Morackis and Guadalupe Serrano] attracted widespread attention in Mexico and the United States for "Border Dynamics," a set of four monumental human figures that leaned against the wall in the same location. The piece traveled to the UA last fall, and stood outside the student union--complete with an improvised border wall--for two months.

 

The 14-foot painted metal figures extended outward from the fence, with their feet in the Mexican soil and only their hands or backs touching the corrugated metal. The message was ambiguous. Either they were trying to push the wall down, climb over it, or keep back the hordes on the other side.

 

The uncertain fate of "Border Dynamics" is instructive about the pitfalls of political border art. Now in storage, it never took its planned place on the Arizona side of the border wall. . . .

 

Read more: Tucson Weekly, 13 May 2004.

 

See also: University of Arizona, Daily Wildcat, 15 September 2003.

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Taken on November 5, 2011