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"File Under So. Co., Waiting for...,"

Flynn Avenue, Burlington, Vermont USA • Public sculpture entitled "File Under So. Co., Waiting for...," – a tower of eleven, four-drawer file cabinets.


Here's an excerpt from a terrific 7Days article from 2002, Miles of Files, by Susan Green:

File cabinets are purely functional and rarely attractive, but last June, Bren Alvarez began to envision these hulking office fixtures as conceptual public art. The 45-year-old Burlington architect, who also co-owns the Flynndog gallery, wanted to create a satirical sculpture that would comment on the bureaucracy of urban planning. "The idea just flashed in my mind like a cartoon," she recalls, referring to what is now a more than 40-foot-tall monument to state and municipal persistence. …


"My assemblage is not a slam to the city," Alvarez contends. "It's an ironic, irreverent look at the public process."


Whatever the message, she would like the medium to survive. "Last I heard, they're talking about completion of the project in 2004," Alvarez says. "So, in two years, if "File Under' is still there, maybe I can add more cabinets."


∞ It's almost 2011 now, still with no real progress on the CircHighway. The tower still stands, but no new cabinets.

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Taken on April 27, 2004