San Diego, CA
17’8” x 80”
laser cut stainless steel, LED lighting, electronics
Sitting among a scattering of giant smooth stones, a monumental turret shell sits erect, appearing to be inching its way across the space. Twisting down towards its opening, the shell is perforated with chronological strips of text detailing important events from San Diego’s history. The shell was produced exactly as a real shell grows, ring-by-ring, and this construction is evident in the internal structure visible through the gaps. At night, intensely colorful lights illuminate the interior space of the form while also projecting the text onto visitors and the surrounding environment. The concave base of the shell forms a small alcove for visitors to sit in and recognize their own contributions to the city.