PISCATAWAY, NEW JERSEY – For my thesis project at Rutgers University, I built shrines dedicated to a network of local storm drains. These drains flow into the Raritan River and from there into the Atlantic Ocean.
I invited viewers to visit the shrines either independently or on guided walking tours. These shrines function as focal points in the landscape. Assembled from found materials, they are inspired by Shinto shrines and house-shaped to imply an embodiment of the landscape,
The tour focuses on the overlay of geography, ecology, history, and technology onto present day land use. In addition to the shrines and the waterways to which they are dedicated, the tour includes hidden remnants of university infrastructure, the former site of the Mason Gross sculpture department, and landmarks of Camp Kilmer, a military base during World War II and the Korean War.
At Mason Gross Galleries, I presented a tourbooth made from found materials, which included a printed map/brochure, a sign-up form for tours, and a computer station where viewers could browse the project blog.
Learn more at the Project Site:
Read my Thesis Paper: