This is a Reclamation Artists Project in 1990 at the height of public outcry
against "the Big Dig" in Charlestown-a five tiered eight-lane expressway
interchange, part of the Central Artery/Third Harbor Tunnel Project for
Greater Boston. A gas pump contains a video monitor showing Boston rush-hour
traffic with the audio track overdubbed several times until it sounds
like babble. A dead bird covered in oil lays where the price per gallon
is usually displayed. The word "Mobiline" is taken from Duchamp's "love
gasoline" the substance activating the Bride's motor in his work "The
Bridge Stripped Bare by her Bachelors, Even" in the Phildelphia Museum
Excavation or the Law of Diminishing Returns.
l994 Reclamation Artists project about the same highway system. North Point,
Cambridge. Replicas of Duchamp's Readymades appear to be strewn along
an excavated highway. This installation is on the site of the (now under
construction) Central Artery. The installation was intended to "disturb
the peace" of Modernism as Duchamp had done and as the highway construction
is presently doing.