April 6 -13, 1989 National Building Museum, Washington DC
In the great hall of the National Building Museum, over 60 union carpenters, laborers, ironworkers and operating engineers assembled, Moving Circles from fifty tons of modular steel, wood forms, and hardware. From the vantage point of the museum's second floor arcades, the public observed the choreography of construction. Moving Circles was a living kinetic sculpture that changed throughout its 7 day existence. The movements of the craftspeople, the visitors who walk through the space, the passage of time, and the physical changes in the structure were all a part of the piece. The process of building and tearing down in our cities is evident all around us and can be seen as a source of both vital energy and disorientation. Art at Work draws from labor culture to express the vitality and importance of work and to consider the world in which we live.