Artist: Janet Zweig
Location: Maplewood MetroLink station, just east of Hanley Road
Address: 7845 Manchester Rd., Maplewood, MO 63143
Janet Zweig is an artist who lives in Brooklyn, NY, working primarily in the public realm. She received an MFA from State University of New York in the Visual Studies Workshop, and received a B.A. from Cornell University. Her awards include the Rome Prize Fellowship, NEA fellowships, and residencies at PS1 Museum and the MacDowell Colony. She teaches at the Rhode Island School of Design and at Brown University.
Material: Various materials from demolished homes
Donor: Arts in Transit
The artwork consists of two 28 foot long 3-dimensional sculptures that spell out the word “MAPLEWOOD,” installed on either side of the overpass bridge: one forwards, and one backwards. The letterforms were constructed of materials taken from two houses in Maplewood that were demolished in the fall of 2006. The houses were transformed into two words.
People driving into Maplewood see the forward facing word. They can then read the word on the other side of the overpass in their rear-view mirrors as if seeing an illusionistic image of Maplewood’s past. As Marshall McLuhan said in 1967, "We look at the present through a rear-view mirror."
At night, the letters are lit from behind, silhouetting them against the bridge.