Friends Forever, 2012

Hunter's Point Library
Queens, New York
Percent for Art finalist proposal
High-grade foam covered in weatherproof polyurethane
9'h x 12'w x 6'd

'Friends Forever' consists of a colossal Olmec head mashed with a similarly sized L-shape polished granite sculpture (reminiscent of contemporary war memorials). Carved into the granite is a complete list of the artist's Facebook friends as of December 21, 2012--the date that, in popular mythology about Mayans, marks the end of time. These names (and sometimes school affiliations) appear in columns determined by the site's service's algorithm. 'Friends Forever' presents different kinds of public sculpture and modes of social representation, as well as brushes various temporal registers against each other: ancient artifacts and modern memorials; archaic calendars and imminent cataclysms; the 'now-ness' of social networking and the eternity of friendships; and the impermanence, predictions, and persistence of civilizations.
Friends Forever, 2012
Friends Forever, 2012
Friends Forever, 2012