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On the Surface of Things
On the Surface of Things
Gilded found objects
2019

This site-specific project and an accompanying essay were part of the “Material World of Modern Segregation” initiative that brought together over a dozen scholars and practitioners to explore the material realities of racialized urban experience in St. Louis.

"On the Surface of Things" focused on the traces of presence found at the basketball court in St. Louis Place Park. For the project, physical fragments were gathered from its basketball court over the course of two years. As a poetic and defiant counteraction to the city’s long history of ignoring and erasing such communities, the objects were gilded and thrown over the fence of the adjacent construction site where the new headquarters of the National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency will be located.