ARGO, Light City, Baltimore’s Inner Harbor, MD, 2017
Wood, LED lights, video projection
Overall Dimensions: 55’ X 22’ X 11’
Commissioned by Light City Baltimore through the Baltimore Office of Promotion and Arts, this collaborative project with artists Marian Ochoa and Kirsten Walsh was supported by the Maryland Science Center, in front of which it was sited. The immersive sculpture and video installation is inspired by the Greek myth, Jason and the Argonauts Quest for the Golden Fleece. The sculpture references the Argonauts’ ship, Argos, and the narrative for the video approximates the hero’s journey.
Similar to the challenges Jason faced in order to accomplish his mission, the themes of the video are: the power and beauty of water, industrial pollution, storm water runoff and agricultural water use. While the video on the outside of the piece focuses on catalysts for change to the regions' water systems, Argo's interior is illuminated by programmed LED lights which compound the immersive experience of the work.
The piece featured additional programming including interactive performances, an evening of performances by poets and musicians and workshops focusing on light's characteristics in partnership with the Maryland Science Center.