VIGIL, Jenny Holzer’s installation
Last weekend VIGIL, the light installation by Jenny Holzer covered the Rockefeller Center with testimonies and thoughts on the shootings in the United States.
Jenny Holzer is an American neo-conceptual artist who uses any means at her disposal, a t-shirt, a plaque or the entire facade of a building to convey her messages and her ideals. The leitmotif of her art is words, phrases that become huge light installations so that as many people as possible can see them.
For her latest work, entitled VIGIL, Jenny Holzer has collected poems, short texts, thoughts, testimonies all related to the theme of shootings in the United States and the sale of firearms.
The nights from 10 to 12 October, on the facades of the buildings of the Rockefeller Center in New York were projected all the phrases collected, creating an incredible light show.
“My right hand exploded in front of my eyes“, “I have spent over twelve years living with fear, panic, anxiety“, “I consider myself lucky compared with the people who have lost their loved ones in gun violence“, “My son, Benjamin, became the 17thhomicide victim of 2012 in Trenton, New Jersey” are just some of the words that caught the attention of the public gathered in the street for the occasion.
VIGIL wants to be a starting point, a starting point, but also a starting point for reflection on one of the great problems that plagues the United States and against which thousands of people demonstrate every day and because of which thousands of people fight against the fear of greeting their children before going to school, go to see a movie at the movies or just walk in the street.