Public Works

A Monument for the Anxious and Hopeful

We live in an unsettled moment of technological, political, and cultural flux. Awash in endless currents of information delivered by glowing screens, each new headline brings a fresh opportunity for faith or despair. By definition, anxiety and hope are determined by a moment that has yet to arrive. How do our private apprehensions and expectations for tomorrow square with the collective mood? A Monument for the Anxious and Hopeful is a living catalogue of the ways in which we relate to the uncertainty of tomorrow.

On view at the Rubin Museum of Art throughout 2018, this participatory installation invited visitors to share their anxieties and desires on vellum cards and hang them on the wall. This ongoing collaboration with Candy Chang grew into a monolithic barometer where visitors could glean the prevailing mood while they explored thousands of responses that ranged from personal reflections to broader political and spiritual concerns.