|This piece is made of ‘Found Objects’, meaning
that it has actual train parts and an actual metate stone. It is also
kinetic, as the viewer moves the switcher arm, it runs a wheel on the
metate and moves a painting on the signal disc. The painting is black
and white to invoke an older time and is my rendition of what Alvarado
Creek might have looked like.
The sculpture's placement is a bit different. Usually an art piece has lights, is on a central platform and directs a viewer to see it as art. I put the sculpture in a hidden place, one where someone might go for a bit of quiet while waiting for the trolley or a bus. It is the sort of thing that would catch your eye only after sitting there a while. I hope for a curiosity and then a manipulation to try and figure out what the heck it is. Could this be art if someone didn’t tell me so? Either way its fun to get your hands on train equipment and make it move.