Iván Navarro discusses his public installation "This Land Is Your Land" in a new interview on CBS News. Currently on view at Chicago's Navy Pier through September 3, 2019, the installation was originally shown at New York's Madison Square Park in 2014 and consists of three sculptures inspired by the city's old-fashioned water towers. Composed of neon-lit interiors of varying designs, each work contains an arrangement of mirrors which create a seemingly endless vertical space.
On the title of the piece, based on the Woody Guthrie song of the same name, Navarro speaks of the nation's tradition of migration: "I realize that that song is connected to the nomadic workers that were very common at the beginning of the 20th century in the United States. They would travel from city to city to look for work. And every time they saw a water tower, they would jump out of the train. Because that's where work was, or [where] something was happening. There was some economical activity in that town."
Next, "This Land Is Your Land" will travel to The Momentary, a new contemporary art space at Crystal Bridges Museum of Art in Bentonville, AR.