Wing and a Prayer

Site-Specific Media Installation2 DVD players, 2 video projectors
The Exploratorium, San Francisco

The massive space of The Exploratorium Museum of Science, Art and Human Perception in San Francisco houses two 15’ tall sculpted angels. These angels were salvaged from the original Palace of Fine Arts which was designed by Bernard R. Maybeck for the 1915 Panama Exposition. The Palace, though built as a temporary structure and intended to decay, was renovated and The Exploratorium founded at the site by Robert J. Oppenheimer.

Onto each of the angels a separate video projection falls, crisply silhouetting the figures. The projections include images of aquatics, the Palace structure and the surrounding lagoon, and quotes from architect Maybeck and poet Percy Bysshe Shelley. Wing and a Prayer explores the creative tension between destruction, decay, and feats of preservation.