Elke Lehmann / Works /
World Financial Center, New York
(commissioned by the Lower Manhattan Cultural Council and the World Financial Center Arts & Events Program)

15 simulated surveillance cameras made of various materials on standard surveillance camera mounts
dimensions: various

Simulated surveillance cameras were installed throughout the Courtyard and the Winter Garden at the World Financial Center. Non-functional and playfully constructed from a variety of materials, each of these sculptures was a unique "portrait" of a standard surveillance camera commonly found in public space. The personalized nature of each of these sculptural objects was in marked contrast to the industrial high-tech appearance of typical surveillance equipment and the World Financial Center's sterile, corporate architecture. The installation questioned the anonymity and omnipresence of modern surveillance while diffusing the new sense of discomfort and anxiety experienced by many in public places.

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