TRYLON INSTALLATION AT THE UNIVERSITY OF WYOMING
Monumental neon-illuminated telecom tower TRYLON was permanently installed outside the Main Art Building in Laramie (41.3167° N, 105.5833°) at the University of Wyoming last week from November 2-6. Based on concepts I've been realizing for the past five years, the tower was designed and engineered in partnership with Chris Blanchard and built by a team of collaborators including Head Fabricator Lars Borgeson, Assistant Professor of Art David Jones and Western Neon. David, Denver-based freelance Art Technician Anthony Teneralli and myself completed the final fabrication and onsite preparations at the sculpture studios outside the School of Art.
Hopefully this is the first of many of these types of structures. If I can, I'd like to populate the American West with them. They're like a form of psychic countersurveillance that not only realign the skyline, but perhaps our values with it. In the end, TRYLON is a standalone site-specific intervention that combines analog sculptural form with the warmth of neon to disrupt contemporary feelings of what ‘being connected’ means in a digital age. It asserts that universal truths and cycles have a power and presence. That we might see each other as people just like us as opposed to something we swipe left, unfollow or delete.