Moment Movement Change

Submitted by Michael Birnberg

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Client: The City of Palm Springs

Location: Palm Springs, CA, United States

Completion date: 2019

Artwork budget: $13,000

Project Team

Artist

Michael Birnberg

Eastern Lion LLC

Industry Resource

Phillip Hoffman

Hoffman Steel

Overview

5'x11'x1/4″ Steel with 10' wings.

Goals

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.

Process

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.

Additional Information

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.