If You Lived Here You’d be Home

Janet Zweig | 2007

Maplewood-Manchester MetroLink bridge
Recycled materials, materials from local demolished houses, LEDs.
Two panels, each 4′ h x 28′ w x 6″ d

Two 28’ sculptures are installed on either side of the station overpass. The letterforms are constructed of materials taken from two houses in Maplewood, demolished in the fall of 2006. The artwork on the south of the overpass is the word “MAPLEWOOD” written backwards, made of original materials from the houses. The artwork on the other side, entering Maplewood, is the word “MAPLEWOOD” written forwards. For that word, the materials from the demolished houses were renovated. People driving into Maplewood see the forward facing word. They can read the word on the other side of the overpass in their rear-view mirrors, an illusion of Maplewood’s past. The typography refers to an old Maplewood theater marquee.

“We drive into the future using only our rear view mirror.” – Marshall McLuhan, 1967