P.A.N. (Invisible Titans of New York)
December 2021, 36 x 48 cm, digital media
Before the winter sun slowly rises, their day has already started, hanging in-between the steel frame, 76o feet high above the ground. The piercing noise of machine is as insufferable as the freezing morning rain. “But you gotta hold deadly tight to the string” says your buddy, “ or you just become another number on the incident report”
The most important figure in a story are often the most invisible.
In constructing New York City skyline, an overwhelming portion of builders who rise to the challenge are from abroad. They came often with no high school degree, speak no “proper english” or without the privilege of choice in life.
For the immigrant workers, life back home is perhaps as unforgiving as the job sites; but here, they at least have a chance to rise to the sky.
+ In Collaboration with Studio Rombo for exhibition “New York Titans” in December 2021
+ Published in Cooper Union Archlog in Feburary, 2022