Reciprocal Ladder to Roll 2012 Wood and acrylic latex 87" x 87" x 16"
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In the Reciprocal Ladder series, the utilitarian function and visual form of a ladder has been subverted for aesthetic and metaphorical purposes.
As part of the Art in Odd Places public art festival, the Reciprocal Ladder was pushed and pulled along the entire east to west length of 14th Street in lower Manhattan. Through this project, I’m interested in subverting the familiar function and metaphor of a ladder, widely seen to symbolically represent upward mobility and the social hierarchy that is established by that perception and understanding. By converting the form of a ladder into a rolling reciprocal structure, my intentions are to establish a symbolic public action that emphasizes an alternative egalitarian mode of social organization by presenting a possibility for what a “ladder of success” might look like with no beginning or end, top or bottom.