Vagabond Vitrine, 2010
Interactive Street Level Installation
found and altered vitrine, motion sensitive lighting, lighting gels, birch branches with fabricated leaves, taxidermied Cowbirds, Phoebe eggs and nest, Cowbird egg, photo mural; approximately 8 x 8 x 10 feet
Created as an off-site project for the Koffler Gallery, Vagabond Vitrine repurposed a modernist wood-and-glass display case that once lined the lobby of the gallery. Merging with a storefront window on College Street and extending out onto the street, the display case was transformed into a sculpture that housed the fragmented traces of a natural history diorama. Comprised of a nature mural, foliated branches, cowbirds and a nest (containing one cowbird and several phoebe eggs), the scene linked the cabinet to both its roots in the old-fashioned museum and its current parasitic and transient condition. As a remnant of an outdated cultural infrastructure, Vagabond Vitrine wandered the street, finding temporary solace in the familiarity of a storefront window display. The illumination of its interior responded to the attention and proximity of viewers, shifting its focus both toward and away from its host.