Manifest Destiny!

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Manifest Destiny!

Curious public artwork questions man's relentless expansion...

Floating curiously, high above the hustle and bustle of downtown San Francisco – almost like a human-sized birdhouse – Manifest Destiny! is a charming, yet provocative, statement on the arrogant perseverance of the city’s early settlers. Named after the 19th century American belief that the US had a “god-given right” to expand throughout the continent; the installation – by Brooklyn-based artist Mark A. Reigelman II and local designer/artist Jenny Chapman – evokes sentiments of the ‘final frontier’, with its 19th-century architectural style and vintage building materials, whilst also satirising man’s relentless quest to claim every last available plot.

The duo’s humorous and thought-provoking work will remain affixed to Union Square’s Hotel des Arts until 28th October…

Manifest Destiny! Manifest Destiny! Manifest Destiny! Manifest Destiny! Manifest Destiny! Manifest Destiny!

Also, there are some videos of the installation here. http://www.youtube.com/user/reigelman

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