ENGI

 

photo Bernard Grant

Light Emitting Diode, IC, Electric wire, Mirror glass, Steel frame, Magnet.

Site specific commissioned work for the Denver Art Museum

 
2006
Courtesy The Denver Art Museum and Art Consulting Firm

The LED numbers count repeatedly from one to nine or nine to one.  Some of them count slowly, others fast: each at a different speed.  Miyajima held a workshop to let citizens of Denver set the speed of each device: The "time," "history," and "character" of Denver are recorded on it.  The LED numerals are a metaphor for "each person's life force," "each person's history" and "each person's time." The mirror is a metaphor for "en."  "En" is the Buddhist concept of "relationship" that states a human being can't exist independently.  One can exist only by relating to nature, through relationships with the universe and other people. The "Mirror LED" is meant to express the individuality of each Denver citizen and at the same time, reflects their "en" or relationship to those things in the mirror. The mirror LED reflects the interior structure of the building, other LEDs, and even visitors.  It makes this a community space that creates harmony among citizens, visitors and the building. Architect Libeskind, who designed the building, advocates the concept of "Nexus" or the revival of community. Miyajima proposes the "Art in You" concept, which states that art doesn't exist independently, but is created by each visitor.  Miyajima hopes that this artwork will stimulate visitor's sense of "discovery" to create "en" and build a new community.

List of 80 workshop participants from Denver: Bev Tuel / Linda Ann Sandoval / Ben Lewis / Deanie Andersen / Michael Miera / Tom Congdon / Amy Martin / Ibrahim Alforahy / Deidre L. Hardin / Andrew Irwin Vinnik / Dawn A. Wms. Boyd / Raymond Jahn / Suzanne Hunter / Chris Ott / John Grant / Alyssa Drake / Amor  Bejaoui / Andrea Arroyo / Barbara S. Levin / Paul Nguyen / Paul Fuschino / Ramona Herrera / Andy Musser / Darius Lee Smith / Maya Moorman / Jeanne Robb / Bessie Smith / Thomas R. Swain / Talie Freedman / Andre Freeman / Momoko Morton / J. Landis Martin / Shanta LaRie Slade / Will Phelps / Sari Padorr / Robert Benn Geis / Eva Leal / Graham Shapley / Jason C. Otero / Kristin Lohmiller / Bev Tuel / Linda Ann Sandoval / Ben Lewis / Deanie Andersen / Michael Miera / Tom Congdon / Amy Martin / Ibrahim Alforahy / Deidre L. Hardin / Andrew Irwin Vinnik / Dawn A. Wms. Boyd / Raymond Jahn / Suzanne Hunter / Chris Ott / John Grant / Alyssa Drake / Amor  Bejaoui / Andrea Arroyo / Barbara S. Levin / Paul Nguyen / Paul Fuschino / Ramona Herrera / Andy Musser / Darius Lee Smith / Maya Moorman / Jeanne Robb / Bessie Smith / Thomas R. Swain / Talie Freedman / Andre Freeman / Momoko Morton / J. Landis Martin / Shanta LaRie Slade / Will Phelps / Sari Padorr / Robert Benn Geis / Eva Leal / Graham Shapley / Jason C. Otero / Kristin Lohmiller / Nathan Grisham / Dix G. Morris / Rita Berberian / Mike Bobb / Adele Finch / Homare Ikeda / Helen Littlejohn / Joelle Parrott / Ravyn Gabardi / Joe Molen / Jo Cole / George S. Martinez / Noël Congdon / Melissa Root / John Hickenlooper / Ibrahim Dahleh / Corri Schultz / Christopher J. Meza / Amy Sharp / Rodolfo Betancourt / John H. Mclagan / Scott Johnson / Raven Perez / Geoffrey Campbell / Duane Thompson / Heidi Swindle / Alan Onn Wong / Louis Gabardi / Melissa Silversmith / Zeniko Grant / Emily Choi / Patrick Krueger / Khadija Qadri / Ajala Mikkel Bandele / Nathan Grisham / Dix G. Morris / Rita Berberian / Mike Bobb / Adele Finch / Homare Ikeda / Helen Littlejohn / Joelle Parrott / Ravyn Gabardi / Joe Molen / Jo Cole / George S. Martinez / Noël Congdon / Melissa Root / John Hickenlooper / Ibrahim Dahleh / Corri Schultz / Christopher J. Meza / Amy Sharp / Rodolfo Betancourt / John H. Mclagan / Scott Johnson / Raven Perez / Geoffrey Campbell / Duane Thompson / Heidi Swindle / Alan Onn Wong / Louis Gabardi / Melissa Silversmith / Zeniko Grant / Emily Choi / Patrick Krueger / Khadija Qadri / Ajala Mikkel Bandele