Johnson County Community College, Overland Park, Kansas
Performance Piece, Dennis Oppenheim 2000
24’ H x 12’ W x 12’ D Steel, galvanized steel, epoxy, pigments, cement, bugles, fire brick, foam and fiberglass
This piece invites one to consider the fusion of architecture and musical performance. A chimney is turned into a wind instrument, suggesting one could play or perform it. The cavity of a functional object (chimney) is considered for its sound producing qualities. In the same way, one could consider playing or performing a building by walking through it.
‘Subject, Karl Ruprecht Kroenen. Born in Munich, 1897. Suffered from a masochistic compulsion commonly known as “surgical addiction”. Both eyelids surgically removed, along with his upper and lower lip, making speech impossible. The blood in his veins dried up decades ago. Only dust remains.’