Jenn Houle: featherlight (foul falls)

Pink and white

image / Jenn Houle

Cave painting is brought to life by the unexpected use of construction lights and bird sculptures created from repurposed plastic bags in this outdoor installation by Jenn Houle (M.F.A. '15). In featherlight (foul falls), Houle combines colored light, wind, and history in a one-night event at the Ithaca Falls from 7:30–9:30 p.m. The namesake is borrowed from the Featherlight model shotgun, manufactured by Ithaca Gun Co. during its 104-years of production above the falls. Lead and other contaminants remained after the plant's relocation. Lead ammunition also enters the ecosystem after hunted animal remains are consumer by scavenger animals. Sculptures of bald eagles (part-time scavengers) are represented in featherlight (foul falls) to remind viewers of how the actions of nation and industry building impact us today. Hydropower fueled the first industries yet simultaneously polluted major river ways. Houle focuses red and blue spotlights beneath one such abandoned site in this multimedia installation.

The project was funded in part by Cornell Council for the Arts.

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Jenn Houle Website