Guardians of the Garden City
Particularly struck by the multiple individual roles that each firefighter must play, I began taking familiar images of contemporary American firefighters and placing them in juxtaposition to their historical, international or cultural counterparts. The archetypes were selected for their relationship to the station or to the surrounding community. These images were then etched onto stainless steel cylinders and separated into thirds so that they could be mixed and matched like a child’s puzzle. The parts can combine in any number of ways and the visual results can range from the very familiar to the otherworldly to super-hero or manga like. In this, I saw an opportunity to speak to the ideas of adaptation, changeability and diversity.