Embroidery, linen, glass beads, 42 by 53 inches, 2011
The Orange Bowl Memorial is a hand-embroidered piece, mimicking the form and materials of hundreds of baby blankets produced by my family elders. The structure functioned as more than a football stadium for Miami sports fanatics. It was shelter to hundreds of exiles after the Mariel boatlift, many of which ended up inhabiting the neighboring streets. The demolition of the Orange Bowl in 2005 marked the end of an era, forever altering a site that for me was once timeless. Unlike the original baby blankets commissioned, used to lightly fend from the blistering Miami sun and heat, this embroidery is framed behind glass, contained from access to contact, protected as a relic before it becomes subject its own material history.