Client: The City of Palm Springs
Location: Palm Springs, CA, United States
Completion date: 2019
Artwork budget: $13,000
Eastern Lion LLC
5'x11'x1/4″ Steel with 10' wings.
The project was a public art commission, privately requested, by the city of Palm Springs. The only conceptual guidance was to represent the "Change" occurring in the city. I accomplished the city's goal, and my own, by combining the concept of change, with a deeper philosophical review of the fundamental process of change and an even more opaque critique on the existence of change as a human construct.
I worked directly with a single person who represented the arts commission subcommittee, charged with implementing my project. I also occasionally worked directly with the president of the commission. There were also many times that I needed to communicate directly with city staff.
The project was slated to take 3 months and it took over a year. The commission and the city barely worked together, and the amount of incompetence and gross negligence on the part of the commission was astounding. However, I weathered through the many difficulties and successfully installed the work.