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The site of coiling the power lines of supine stagnation is located three miles south of SFMOMA on Public Shore land along the San Francisco Bay. Built in reaction to the surrounding area, the sculpture sits atop a decrepit concrete slab that extends into the water, behind the DHL global shipping hub, and next to the decommissioned Potrero Generating Station (shut down in 2011, it was the last fossil fuel burning power plant in San Francisco).
The slab and surrounding coastline point to the erosion of the post-industrial American landscape. Chunks of concrete fractured by rusted rebar are entangled in and separated by trunks of wood so saturated with chemicals and tar that they might outlast the concrete remnants. There are outcroppings of red brick — porous, yet round and smooth — faded Styrofoam blocks, and a snaking cross-section of landfill, rubble dumped in the Bay after the 1906 earthquake to add much-needed solid ground to the small San Francisco Peninsula.
Video and image credits:
Andreas Tagger (video editing and sound)
Eddie Codel (drone footage)
Josh Croghan (night drone footage)
Robert Canali (still images)