The Sphinx and the Riddle, 2009

Maspeth High School (PS 585) Queens, New York
Percent for Art finalist proposal
12' x 12' x 3' (large Maspeth sphinx)
9' x 9' x 2'3" (small Australia sphinx)

'The Sphinx and the Riddle' consists of an inverted 'L' along a North-South axis at PS 585 in Queens, New York, one tip of which is shaped into a face of a sphinx. Three monitors comprising the face respectively blink at paces determined by ancient Greek meters: heroic hexameter (bottom); iambic trimeter (middle); and anapestic dimeter (top). The bottom screen features images tracing a meandering path around the globe; the middle the latitudes and longitudes of world cities; and the top alternates between red and green. 'The Sphinx and the Riddle' was created for and proposed to Percent for Art, and approaches high school as a hurdle that, once passed, opens up paths and possibilities.

A companion sphinx is located at Maspeth, Queens' geographical antipode: Deepsdene, Australia. Unlike the main sphinx, which is made of slatted cedar, the smaller sphinx is solid wood and has 'Maspeth, Queens' carved on its cocked face.
The Sphinx and the Riddle, 2009
The Sphinx and the Riddle, 2009
The Sphinx and the Riddle, 2009
The Sphinx and the Riddle, 2009
The Sphinx and the Riddle, 2009
The Sphinx and the Riddle, 2009