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This monument was a collaboration between David Franklin (artist), Western Graphics and NW Custom Paint.
Design, Photos, and Article by David Franklin
This house of cards symbolizes the fragile cultural structure we build together in our societies, and the beauty within each part of it.
The Green Hill School is an unusual community to say the least. There is a weight in the air when you enter the gates. Though the gates and that everyone moves in regimented groups is the only sign you are somewhere unusual. The serenity and calm of the grounds are a stark contrast to the situations and circumstances that have led the residents to this place. Despite thick walls and sturdy structures the lives of the diverse residents of this place are not on any firm footing. Like a house of cards made of souls the residents are here to rebuild a life that has fallen down around them.
The Cultural House of Cards sculpture is inspired by that idea because this may be the residents last chance to rebuild a fragile life.
A house of cards is made of many individual cards that each has to do its duty to hold up its corner of the structure or the whole thing will be scattered.
There are four face cards in this deck and their designs are drawn from the corners of the world that relate to the diversity of the population within this facility. The images represent the strength of the beauty of the individual, rebirth and cultural patterns as well as the ties to tradition and our ancestors. All of this symbolism is captured in a simple deck of cards, something the residents can interact with on a daily basis in the facility relating it to each of them in a very direct way. The idea of the sculpture is to remind the viewer of the potential power we have when we work together as a diverse community, and to not let our differences allow us to fall apart, but rather see the beauty within that.
As is the tradition the backs of the cards have a busy design, this one unites all the diverse patterns within a compass rose that symbolizes the corners of the earth bordered by Roman columns which represent structure and the justice system as well as the white/European culture where the look of the modern deck of cards originated, though the first playing cards came from China).
The sculpture was a successful transformation of sheet aluminum into a very believable oversized house of cards. My beginnings in art were in a graffiti crew, and the use of paint and stenciling in this project ties it in with my earliest roots as a creative person and minor league vandal.