Island of Empirical Data and other Fabrications Randall's Island, NYC

Randall's Island, New York City 

Stainless steel mirror, Phototech Transfer 

2017-18

This interactive art piece uses historical records, statistical data, photo archives, and government documents to explore the complexity and reflexivity of culturally-constructed histories. At the touchdowns of crossings from East Harlem and the South Bronx, oversized, colorful, reflective panels, covered with photographs of buildings, sites and landmarks, draw attention to the Island’s history as microcosm of urban planning and cultural transformation. The panels loom over park visitors, extending the periphery and enveloping them within past challenges and triumphs. At the same time, their own images are reflected and superimposed upon the scene, in turn updating the archival images within modern-day Randall’s Island Park.