Space + Installation
September 26, 2014 (Rain date: September 27, 2014 | Flood Date: October 4, 2014)
Ithaca Falls: Footpath entrance at the intersection of Fall St & Lake St
Cave painting is brought to life by the unexpected use of construction lights and bird sculptures created from repurposed plastic bags in this outdoor installation by Jenn Houle. In featherlight (foul falls), artist Jenn Houle combines colored light, wind and history in a one-night event.
The namesake is borrowed from the Featherlight model shotgun, manufactured by Ithaca Gun Co. during its 104-years of production above the falls. Lead and other contaminants remained after the plant’s relocation. Lead ammunition also enters the ecosystem after hunted animal remains are consumer by scavenger animals. Sculptures of bald eagles (part-time scavengers) are represented in featherlight (foul falls) to remind viewers of how the actions of nation and industry building impact us today. Hydropower fueled the first industries yet simultaneously polluted major river ways. Jenn Houle focuses red and blue spotlights beneath one such abandoned site in this multi-media installation.
Jenn Houle | Website