The Wonder Under: Photographic Cabinets of Curiosity
550 c-prints, pins, linen, wood
The Wonder Under: Photographic Cabinets of Curiosity is a site-specific installation at 99 Plymouth Street in Brooklyn Bridge Park. The first step of the project was to visit the park construction sites, to walk all the finished paths of the park and spend time along the shore at low tide. During these visits I built a collection of objects all found in plain site. There were unbelievable discoveries like fragments of arrowheads, stone tools and obsidian points. I found dozens of artifacts from the 1800s: pieces of porcelain, glass and pottery, copper and bronze objects, and countless pieces of coal. I also collected contemporary castoffs of wood, foam, plastic, rubber and various pieces of automobiles that have fallen from the Manhattan and Brooklyn Bridges. Each object was then photographed, printed on c-paper, and carefully hand cut. The final collection of over 550 photographs was organized and pinned onto linen displays that were built out from the walls. The arrangements of objects reference the vitrines one might find in a museum, but with twists to logic and order that leave room for interpretation.