Bienvenidos a Indianapolis was a temporary public art project that created a dialogue between the Latino population of Indianapolis, Indiana, and the community at large. This project culminated with an exhibition at the Eleanor Prest Reese, Robert B. Berkshire, and Dorit & Gerald Paul Galleries at the Herron School of Art and Design. In addition, a large mural was painted in Indianapolis’s Near West Neighborhood (commonly referred to as “Little Mexico”) along historic U.S. route 40. The mural now serves as a welcoming beacon to Latino immigrants in the area.
For the gallery component of the project I fabricated a life-size replica of the outdoor billboards (20ft. wide X 16ft. tall) within the space. With the help of my family a 12ft. X 12ft. room was constructed behind the billboard. The idea was that the viewer would navigate around the structure entering the room through a door on the opposite side. The interior was inspired by the make-shift living space within my aunt’s Sunnyvale, California garage that housed our young family for most of the 1980’s