1999 – 2001
1999 – 2001
This project was sculpted by Brian Goggin and Michael Eckerman.
It is a permanent site specific installation in Menlo Park.
Remnants of a residential neighborhood grow from the scattered seeds of suburban iconography. Stones conglomerate to form couches, with apparent yearning and consciousness. They wind their way out of the earth, squirming over and lifting up one another as they aspire up beyond the confines of the rubble beneath.
Like the site itself, once blanketed with farmland, later home to working class residents and now an active, professional suburban neighborhood, “CONVERTIBLES” physically and metaphorically embodies the essence of transition. The sculpture juxtaposes and recontextulizes iconic imagery from the area’s agrarian and residential culture, suggesting a continuum of change. Apparently formed from the rock underground, the furniture is apparently transformed into conscious, living entities which can be seen at the moment they emerge from beneath the earth’s surface in the enigmatic manner of sprouting crops. As with crops the soil around the sculpture is upset as if the couches are thrusting through