This is a project designed and built during my residency at Central School Project, Bisbee, AZ in January 2011.

“The Next Open Door” is a site specific installation inspired by the open pit mines in Bisbee, AZ. The history, cultural influence, geological features, mineral deposits and environmental impact from the Lavender Pit informed the concept of an open eye-sore turning memorabilia and treasure hunting. My wish was to build a pit structure with readily accessible material - cardboards and create an image that reflects current Bisbee landscape with locally found objects. Local residents and visitors were invited to bring an object which represent the reason why or what they love about Bisbee. The contributions culminated in a moving moment where all expressed their bond to the unique culture and nature of the land, as well as a collective prospect of a promising future.

Special Thanks to Pete Goldlust, Melissa Holden, Ed and Kelly Briggs, Poe Dismuke, Rebecca Barten, David Sherman and Laurie McKenna in and around the Central School Project for your friendship and support during my stay. Thank you!

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The Next Open Door 2011, site specific mixed media installation, 15'x15'x5'.

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The Next Open Door (map projection detail)

 house   donkey
The Next Open Door” (detail with viewers participation)

truck   paul
The Next Open Door” (detail with local residents' participation)

windows   viewer
The Next Open Door” (detail with local residents' participation)
To learn more about the stories behind this installation, please visit my blog's Bisbee Journey!

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