|Suffrajet live at CBGB, February 2003. Photo Tom Klem.|
We wanted to do something sculptural, with solidity and polish to underline
the importance of a seemingly ephemeral place. We've marked sites connected
to lots of serious subjects: democracy, free speech, civil rights. And CBGB
is another one, with its own joy and spirit. We were both in the audience in
the early days; Tom making pilgrimages from Brooklyn with his friends the Shirts, and Neill from Georgia following the Fans and the B52s. The place is still going strong after 30 years, and going in and seeing Hilly Kristal still tending the front and the kids lined up to play is quite moving. CBGB is as American
as Little League, but louder.
|Maquette of Klem/Bogan marker for CBGB, three-quarter scale, and exhibition
panel. Urban Center Gallery, 2003.|
HOW IT WORKS
We wanted the viewer to be invited by something surprising (the
light-transmitting interior of the disc, with its hyper-real object), within
a familiar context (the supporting structure). We wanted people to encounter
this within the context of an area-wide or even city-wide marking system
composed of numerous markers, all put together in different ways out of the
elements found in our maquette. Some would stand on the street on full-size
legs; some would emerge from walls on shorter arms; some would have multiple
discs. The system would include small outrider markers at major
intersections, giving cues to visit nearby site markers.
|CBGB founder Hilly Kristal at the opening at the
Urban Center Gallery, 2003.|
We wanted the viewer to have a comfortable relationship with a piece that's
easy to see and read; but the piece is high enough to meet NYC sidewalk
codes and to discourage impulse vandalism. We wanted to build it out of
materials that can withstand severe urban street conditions. We wanted each
site to have an interactive element; the marker for CBGB has sleeves on the
leg to contain the rock-band stickers that cover both the club's interior
and the street outside.
|Detail, head of maquette with polycarbon disc that will hold a significant
object for each site marked.|
We would like to thank Hilly Kristal, Lisa J. Kristal and Irene Ledwith for
their guidance and help on this Place Matters project.