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Stacy Elko and Sang Mi-Yoo

  • Project Space 613 Allen Street Austin, TX, 78702 United States (map)

Sand Castles have different connotations for people. It has the sad sweet memories of childhood. Sand castles crumbling one after another resemble human civilizations as well as the temporal aspect of everyday life. As we get older, we forget the early times of play and memory and concentrate on our busy lives. But with all that we do and make, anything we do is nothing more than castles in the sand to be washed away by time and human experience.

We are commenting on the ephemeral quality of human life and civilization. Through this metaphor in installation, we present the repeated efforts and decay of human activities. Using materials that are both fragile and biodegradable, we construct a temporary civilization in the space. Cave houses crawling on the wall are made of recycled newsprint papier mâché. Sand houses on the floor slowly disintegrate under the slow but inexorable pace of time, represented by water.

Like Gulliver among the Lilliputians, we stand and ponder the decay as the crumbling sand parallels the destruction of shifting weather patterns, and the political strife and upheavals across the globe.  Although some structures high on the walls may seem immune, all will eventually succumb to the force of time. Is it only within our will or can we alter the seemingly inevitable march of repeating history and time?