Here it is, the first Art declared in another state. 2 down, 48 to go. This one is in Evanston, Illinois, just on the North edge of Chicago. (Special thanks to Margie & Alan!)
Baby Steps. 2010
A potent metaphor for progress, stairs literally and figuratively raise us from the brutish mud that our ancestors climbed from and lift us toward the heavens. The dichotomy of this ancient form of transport, for indeed it is a two-way street, reminds us that all advancement is reversible. This piece’s “baby steps” evoke the slow, treacherous path toward human exaltation, whether it takes the form of “high” culture, art, or “skyscraper” edifices.
The El and the Metra, which travel over this work, embody our society’s current level of transportational evolution. Can humanity’s progress not best be measured by how its participants choose (and are forced) to travel to education, employment and/or social gatherings? Located near such a nexus of home and the external, these stairs confront us with the question— do we plateau where we ‘stand’ or climb higher, all too aware of our precarious position and the potential for tumbling back from whence we came?