From the name of a California native grass species Carex Praegracilis. This grass was part of the Upland Complex that was pre-urbanized San Gabriel. The piece presents an inclusive definition of citizenship. The stalks of stainless steel emerge from neighborhoods of San Gabriel. The size and content of each stalk is an information graphic, determined by a survey (as part of this artwork) of descriptors gleaned from online community workshops querying San Gabriel schools, temples, community organizations for words that describe their city. Those descriptors are etched onto the neighborhood stalks. The sculpture presents the opportunity to continue participation – participants can come to the site and find their contribution. The sculpture also presents an opportunity to come together in the city daytime, or nighttime utilizing natural and LED lighting.
Studio 7, JoJo Crowley