For Closure

In West Farms Square there is a new sculpture titled “For Closure” by artist Gabriela Salazar. It is a 26-feet-tall artwork made from locally salvaged doors and resembles a house of cards.

I ran into these young women and asked them to pose for me. And they were just A*W*E*S*O*M*E. You will see more photos with these DIVAS but before that here is some history of the Artwork.

I took the following excerpt from the artist’s website:

It is meant to represent the fragility of the housing market.

“A lot of people already talk about financial collapse so I don’t necessarily expect the piece is going to bring more attention to that, but I do hope it humanizes that experience a little bit, reminds people that all these homes are actual people’s lives,” said artist Gabriela Salazar

The temporary art work was brought in through a partnership between the Bronx River Art Center and the Department of Transportation’s Urban Art Program.

“For Closure” will be on display for seven months.

I think “For Closure” is in the perfect spot. I see my neighborhood changing everyday. So many businesses are closing down and there is an increase of homelessness in the Bronx. Homes are going up everywhere but it seems more are moving out of the neighborhood than moving in.

Just this week when I was passing out ‘Saving Kayton’s‘ flyers, I ran into a mother with three children who asked me about helping her find an apartment. She seemed very desperate.

Speaking of  ‘Saving Kayton’s‘ I am still working on the project. I spoke to Bronx officials and emailed friends and family hoping for the story to fall into the right person’s hands…now we just have to wait. It’s sad that we have to fight so hard for a store with such history and good quality to stay in our neighborhood. However, if landlords don’t care enough  about single mothers with children then why would they care about a store?!

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10 Responses to “For Closure”

  1. Love its title!

  2. The title is taken from the name of the Sculpture, “For Closure” and speaks volumes for what the Bronx is suffering with right now.

  3. Hey Lystria, this is Elizabeth from the other day. I’d really love if you could send my the pics. I tried emailing you but it wouldn’t go through, Thanks and the pics looks great!

  4. Yes, I will email them asap! I hope to meet you girls again!

  5. Hey Elizabeth, I need your email. Email your request to lhurley29@yahoo.com.

  6. Hi Lilly29. Thanks so much for “engaging” with the sculpture, and for enticing others to engage too. Sad as the reference is, (to foreclosed homes) the piece is also there to be enjoyed as Art, which folks are obviously already doing. We look forward to seeing this sort of “engagement” continue throughout the installation. thanks again.
    Gail Nathan
    Executive Director
    Bronx River Art Center.

  7. Hi Lilly, we *love* this post! Thanks so much for taking this great photo and for blogging about Gabriela’s work. Please stay in touch! –Bronx River Art Center (BRAC)

  8. Thanks for “Liking” my “Without Sanctuary” post. The Bronx River Art Gallery is a great community asset. The sculpture certainly reflects the fragility of the housing market in the Bronx.

  9. Lilly–What a beautiful post. It touched me deeply, especially with the addition of your photo. Thank you.

  10. [...] month, photographer Lystria Hurley took these photos of Gabriela Salazar’s public art work, “For Closure (Outdoors, the [...]

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