Public Art Sculpture, 2018
Disruption is an outdoor sculpture commission, designed specifically for the new âme at Meridian Hill Park apartment building in Washington DC.
The Meridian Hill Hotel, now âme, has a storied history of disrupting the status quo. Originally built as a hotel for women arriving in Washington DC to join the war effort and then later replacing plans for a French embassy to become a Howard University dormitory, the building has always supported the advancement of historically disenfranchised people. I have taken inspiration from this history to propose a sculpture that represents change, while respecting the historic architecture of the building itself. I began by representing the building as a three-dimensional grid, derived from the building’s International Style of architecture. My proposed intervention then warps and molds the grid, while not destroying it, to reveal another form within. This form represents those who may not conform to the mainstream aesthetic of society, but nevertheless form the core of it. The sculpture thus represents disruption within structure.