Chair Totem Pole, 2017

Painted steel, hardware, concrete
6’ x 6’ x 15’

The Lighthouse Works Public Art Commission

Inspired by Augusto Boal’s acting exercise The Chair of Power, which addresses the invention and reconfiguration of space and the spatial structures of power, Chair Totem Pole is a monument to the ordinary and everyday object/props that make up the mise-en-scene that is our daily life. The inspiration of Boal’s acting exercise is a monument to the ability that we have the power and agency to create and recreate our realities as we see fit. We do have the agency to change the status quo. Reality is constantly in flux and the potential of “rearranging” these chairs could easily shift the seat of power.