Freedman Gallery, Albright College, Reading PA, USA
This show, “Timeframes”, was a curated group exhibition, with the title of Lycia Trouton’s piece being “The Dragon’s Tail.” Rammed Earth, 126 ft X 11 ft X 4 ft, was compiled thanks to over 100 juvenile offenders, community members and students, creating this piece of public art. It was conceptualized with a story to tell of the changes brought to the land, in PA, by a newly constructed freeway and sound barrier wall adjacent. The “tail” of the dragon symbolizes the change/chaos of a dragon’s energy as is symbolic in Oriental lore. The juxtaposition of the hard concrete against this earthwork creation and the ‘soft’ earthwork sculpture, highlights the aspects of our own strength and mortality. This sculpture was in place for two years, during which time it gradually disintegrated back into the earth.