2015, Cotton threads, ropes, and copper wire, 45 meters
This site-specific installation was made while I was studying abroad in Siena, Italy at the Siena Art Institute Onlus. I spent a lot of my time walking through the alleyways that wound through the city, noticing the incredible complexities of the architectonic form within Siena and its relationship with the city’s inhabitants.
Vicolo Degli Orefici is one of the narrowest streets in Siena, where the walls almost touch. I came upon this alleyway unexpectedly during one of my walks through the city and meditated on its complex form. I returned to Vicolo Degli Orefici to trace the walls of this alleyway and let their movement direct the lines that I drew with threads, ropes, and copper wire. Similarly to how the new architecture in Siena echoes the movement of the old medieval walls, in their broad bends and depressions, the lines I drew also echoed the walls of Vicolo Degli Orefici. In the places where the walls of this street almost meet, the lines that I drew intersected, and new patterns were made.
When I first started to place the threads on the cobblestone, several residents watched with apprehension from their windows, but as I answered to their questions, the people of Vicolo Degli Orefici came out to offer me their own incite, and even helped me with the installation.
The process of this piece was ephemeral as I waited until around noon to document it, when the sun shown down into the narrow street and activated the threads, twine, and copper wire.