Sacred Real Estate
Sacred Real Estate, 2012, assembled from 14 recycled street lampposts are arranged to create a 1:1 scale footprint of a Pruitt-Igoe building, is Chávez’s version of the Native American Mississippian’s “Woodhenge”. It replicates the form of the contemporary reconstruction of the henge, providing a monumental, poetic echo of the collapsed civilization. The towering wooden poles compare modern and prehistoric construction that acknowledges St. Louis’ successes and failures acting as both functional architecture and a living memorial.
Untitled (Sacred Real Estate) is part of the Living Proposal Pruitt-Igoe Bee Sanctuary exhibition. Installed at Laumeier Sculpture Park part of Kranzberg Exhibition Series October 27, 2012 – January 20, 2013