Site-Specific Project, Art in the Open, Center for Emerging Visual Artists, Philadelphia, Pa, August 10-12, 2022
"Open House" is an ongoing site-specific project that consists of a three foot diameter open house balloon and pennant line flown between 20 and 40 feet. The title, Open House, is in reference to the real estate industry’s open house event where potential homeowners are invited to visit a house that is for sale. Open house events correspond to an unveiling of an unoccupied home that is available for tours to the general public. The event is often marked geographically and visually with a large colorful balloon, known as an open house balloon. These balloons have become a sign in the cultural landscape, indicating a new home is for sale. While the open house balloon often marks human spaces, in “Open House” a large orange balloon marks habitable space for animals within our built environment. As the balloon does its task of attracting visitors, human guests for "Open House" are invited to contemplate who the human built environment is designed to serve. During Center for Emerging Visual Artists', Art in the Open event, the balloon functioned as a way to indicate available habitat and ecosystems along the Schuylkill River near the Philadelphia Museum Of Art.