Ivan Navarro’s site-specific installation presents three water towers inside of which neon reflections repeat infinitely.
The artist takes the exhibition’s title from the 1940 Woody Guthrie folk song, which is both an American anthem and a vocal pull to the freedoms offered in this country for an immigrant population.
The towers are elevated to a height above visitors’ heads, allowing them to walk underneath and look up into each sculpture to view the content within.
Navarro’s water towers—each measuring approximately seven feet in diameter and standing on roughly eight-foot-tall supports—will function as vessels for a vocabulary of the political and personal experience of immigration.
The interior of one tower will feature the words “me” and “we”, another will feature the word “bed”, and a third will display the image of a ladder—all of which will be composed of neon light.
An internal arrangement of mirrors will enable each word or image to repeat perpetually through a seemingly endless vertical space.
This exhibition is presented by the Madison Square Park Conservancy.