Jonathan Borofsky's Human Structures

Curator Andrew Eschelbacher explores the connections between physical and social architecture in this work.

Audio Transcription:

It's a very architectonic piece the way that all 24 figures join together and up two levels, 12 feet high and it's really this type of monument, but it's a monument made up of human forms and for Borofsky the way that we think about buildings, the way that we think about construction as a series of components put together, he's thinking about humanity in that way, the way that people come together and form bonds and create a social infrastructure.

It's formally simple but it's very complex in terms of its conception. What it is this concept, this idea, of the way that people intersect and interact creating a social architecture. And that's the concept of it but it's not limited to one iteration.

This is one of a series of works that Borofsky has done like this: the Human Structures. And they're really all over the globe and each time he installs a new Human Structures, it's not that he's doing the same thing over and over. He's doing a different iteration, but it changes that whole network of conversations. Because our piece is in conversation with the piece in San Francisco, is in conversation with the piece in Beijing.

And it's not just about the Portland community coming together to build itself, which is really important here, but it's also about the bonds that connect us across the globe, across space and time in a world that's becoming ever more connected and they're ever more local.