Iran do Espírito Santo

(Brazil, 1963)



For Iran do Espírito Santo’s INSITE97 project, Drops, twenty concrete dice were scattered among sites in San Diego and Tijuana, ten in each city. The Drops, situated in public places, could be seen or even sat upon by a number of passersby, but only chance could allow visitors to see more than one die and understand that they were viewing an artwork. Espírito Santo explained that the installation dealt with paradoxes on different levels. The entire installation could not be perceived at any one moment, and the oversized dice did not function as the objects they represented.

By the end of the exhibition, many of the dice had been removed or damaged, their fate left to chance. A few dice remain in their original locations.

Curators: Jessica Bradley, Olivier Debroise, Ivo Mesquita, and Sally Yard
Venues: Playas de Tijuana; Casa de la Cultura de Tijuana; Torre de Agua Caliente; Catedral de Guadalupe; Hospital General de Tijuana, SSA; Palacio Municipal de Tijuana; Edificio Comercial ASEMEX; Centro Cultural Tijuana; Pueblo Amigo Holiday Inn; Chicano Park; Granger Building Lobby; Golden West Hotel; Children’s Museum/Museo de los Niños, San Diego; Santa Fe Depot Lobby; Broadway Pier; Giesel Library Terrace, UCSD; Media Center/Communications Building, UCSD