Institute for Design and Experimental Art (IDEA)
Temporary installation. Wood, burnt lumber and branches, redwood tree, water, rope, mirrors, candles, and charcoal pencil. See the Aftermath quotes page for wall text.
Dimensions: 9′ H x 10′ W x 100′ L
Created for a renovated fire station, this installation combined physical elements to address the nature of fire and fire fighting and the role of the firehouse in the preservation of life. A dark X-shaped room was lit by candles and housed two opposing mirrors to create an illusion of a dark smokey hallway. Quotes from fire fighters, some who once worked there, were stenciled on the walls to humanize the space.
A 17-minute documentary video “Cutting Edge Arts: ‘Aftermath: Excerpts from an Extinct Firehouse’ by Judith Blankman” was a Finalist, Hometown, U.S.A. Video Festival, 1990. Produced by Sacramento Educational Cable Consortium and the Institute for Design and Experimental Art (I.D.E.A. Gallery).