Metal, Neon Lights, Plexiglas
Dimensions Variable, 2006
This work was created for a temporary public art exhibit. It is made from appropriated sign letters with reconditioned neon lights. Across the face of the sign is the definition of eminent domain. This is a law that allows the city or government to appropriate land from a private owner for the good of the city. In many cases the property must be declared blighted. The abuses of this law by developers and privately owned business are what led to this piece. The sign of laughter obscures the definition of the law. Corporate power laughing in the face of what is thought of as a fundamental right as a citizen of our country.