Rebeca Méndez

Observation Post 1 (2014)

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Observation Post 1, 2013. Public art at the Pico Rivera Public Library, commissioned by the Los Angeles Arts Commission. Sculpture. Corten Steel. 28 × 8 × 12 ft.

Observation Post 1 is located outside the Pico Rivera Public Library. The sculpture is made of nine thousand pounds of 1 inch thick Corten Steel, and is composed of two observations posts, a walking / observation platform and a viewing frame. The work encourages the participants to focus their view beyond the frame toward the trees and sky of Pico Rivera, to step through the threshold, let their mind wander, contemplate and daydream. Up on the lintel of the frame is a quote by Proust from The Captive, Volume 5 of In Search of Lost Time. “The only true voyage of discovery, the only fountain of Eternal Youth, would be not to visit strange lands but to possess other eyes, to behold the universe through the eyes of another, of a hundred others, to behold the hundred universes that each of them beholds, that each of them is.” The words have been cut through by water jet, so when one looks up to read the text, one is seeing the sky at the same time.

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