University of Oregon, Anstett Hall and Peterson Hall, Eugene, Oregon 2013
Commissioned by the Oregon Arts Commission for two mirrored stairwells in the University of Oregon’s graduate school of business, “All That is Solid Melts Into Air” is an 80” x 80” installation of two separate grids consisting of 100 handmade acrylic resin cubes. Each transparent cube encases either an origami-folded dollar bill, sculpted by artists Midori Hirose and Noell Horne, or a stack of various coins equaling one dollar. Presenting currency in this fashion--abundantly visible, while removed from circulation--demystifies money as an object of desire, while simultaneously heightening the fetishistic status routinely bestowed on it. Here, the dollar bills or coins are plainly themselves, but imbued with aesthetic value, they amount to more than themselves: painstakingly folded into beautifying forms and preserved as precious specimens.