Orit Haj

The Orit Hajis a site-specific work of art developed by an artist called Didier Hess. It stands in Vasquez Rocks in Acton-Ague Dulce, California. It is a piece of art that pays homage to the inhabitants of a place in Santa Clarita Valley, a tribe living there called the Tataviam tribe. The work of art itself is a structure made of an earthen material mixed with cement. An interesting fact is that it is meant to erode with time, with predictions it can go on chipping of bit by bit for the next one hundred and fifty years. According to the Tataviam language, the words ‘Orit’ and ‘haj’ mean “river” and “mountain.” As such, the structure is similar to the nearby rocks in Vasquez. It mimics the appearance of an earthen bench on which visitors can touch and sit on it thereby connecting with the culture and history of the Tataviam tribe. Finally, the 2013 Public Art Network (PAN) named Orit Haj as one of the fifty best public art projects.

SHE-SPAN

It is a piece of work that began in 2013 commemorating the record number of women sworn into Congress. The process itself involved setting up pointillist portraits around Washington D.C by artist Stephanie Rudig. The work of art itself is a structure made of an earthen material mixed with cement. The artist made drawing of Delegate Eleanor Holmes Norton who was a member in D.C. As such, the artwork process of Stephanie Rudig involved posting portraits on the street which corresponded to the home states of the women.

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