PETE'S MOTORS exhibition in Great Barrington, Massachusetts, June – August 2009 

This site-specific installation was a refreshing expression of the triumph of life and a celebration of the elements. Two curators took the showrooms of a car dealership that closed following the 2008 economic downturn and reinvented the space as a temporary gallery and forum for public discourse on art. The outdoor installation’s shooting water both evoked the history of hydro-electrical power in the local valley and played with the typology of the generic architecture of the two symmetrical showroom buildings.

During the day, the straight lines of water intersected above a hidden garden at a 90° angle. They created an artificial cloud while watering the wildflowers and the grass. At sunset, with the sun coming from behind the visitor, a rainbow emerged; by changing their positions, visitors could glimpse the rainbow in unexpected places. The installation acted as a strong wayfinding sign for the exhibition since it could be seen from afar.

Project team: Sean Gordon

Materials: Water, hoses, power washers, timers 

Curator: Philip "Pip" Deely & Kalika Farmer
Producer: Cathy Deely