March 21, 2014
2806 Clearwater St
Los Angeles, CA
The Unfinished is an obelisk-shaped excavation located along the banks of the channelized LA River. The horizontal excavation, dug into and through the asphalt of an empty industrial lot, is a 137-foot to-scale replica of the Ancient Egyptian archeological site known as “The Unfinished Obelisk.” Presented as part of Frogtown Futuro.
Michael Parker is a Los Angeles based artist whose practice explores individual agency and collective action. He employs sculptures, publications and events to explore ideas of temporality, absurdity, pragmatism, hierarchy and consumption. His projects consistently engage with unexpected partners such as Cold Storage construction workers, Linemen-in-training or sauna enthusiasts in the Steam Egg . He has worked with the LA Department of Cultural Affairs, Human Resources, Machine Project, Public Fiction, The Center for Land Use Interpretation and High Desert Test Sites. Michael holds a BA from Pomona College, an MFA from USC. He teaches sculpture at California State University, Long Beach.
Jenny Price is a public artist, writer, and historian, and has written extensively about the L.A. River–and has led tours and designed public art projects along its banks–since 2002. She’s a co-founder of the public art collectives Urban Rangers and Project 51, and the author of “Thirteen Ways of Seeing Nature in L.A.”, Flight Maps: Adventures with Nature in Modern America, and the Green Me Up, JJ not-quite advice column on LA Observed. At this moment, she is the Barron Visiting Professor of the Environment and the Humanities at Princeton University.
Photo by Emma Sheffer