Fissure – The Exhibition
November 3, 2017
Havana Biennial
May 22, 2015
Location: 37°41'21.1"N 97°20'09.2"W

Task: Cover and Protect Exterior Water Valve

At some point in the not-too-distant future, water will probably be more valuable than money; in fact, it may well become the next medium of exchange. Robbing a bank in future will therefore involve stealing water rather than solid or digital currency—unfortunately, in placing a water valve at the front entry of their building; Emprise Bank has made themselves rather vulnerable to future theft. The solution thus far has been to cover the valve with a silly-looking fake rock that isn't fooling anyone. This device is designed to disguise the valve by confounding the viewer/potential thief as to the function or even location of the valve itself, and the random tangle of pipes should also protect it from vandalism.


This is a piece from a collection of work entitled FISSURE, shown at the Leedy-Voulkos Art Center in Kansas City, from November 3, 2017 - January 26, 2018.

Twenty years ago, a girl moved to a new city. She spent the first few weeks walking and investigating, then built a hidden residence inside a billboard sign from which she could watch the city move and react beneath her, unaware of her presence. As time passed, she tricked the city into revealing all its secrets; however, it soon became clear that she must insert her own into the voids left by her intrusion, in order to maintain equilibrium. As an architect, the girl is predisposed to notice conditions that are unstable or unresolved, so she decides to reciprocate the city's unintentional generosity by stabilizing these issues. The fix is only temporary: these devices are not designed as permanent solutions, rather to act as urban prosthetics that may become an intrinsic part of the whole or be absorbed back into the city when no longer needed.

There are eight “secrets” inserted in various places around both Kansas City and Wichita. They can be found at the following locations:

37°41'21.1"N 97°20'09.2"W
37°41'00.7"N 97°20'51.9"W
37°41'02.4"N 97°20'37.2"W
37°40'49.4"N 97°19'51.8"W
39°06'12.6"N 94°34'51.3"W
39°05'37.7"N 94°34'54.7"W
39°05'14.1"N 94°34'55.8"W
39°06'17.8"N 94°35'32.7"W