University of Rochester


The Only Thing I Can See in the Sky

We think of the sky as an infinite open space. This perspective shifts when the sky is the only thing one can see from the outside, when it becomes a tangible surface, another wall. This project, directed by Evelyne Leblanc-Roberge, is a series of public art installations on Monroe Avenue—with the vacant Monroe Theater (585 Monroe Ave, Rochester NY, 14604) as its main framework—using the motif of sky to talk about transparency, incarceration and public spaces. The windows and doors of the empty theater will become the frames for photographic images of sky embed with commissioned texts by people affected by incarceration.

In parallel to the site installation(s), an interactive website and a printed newspaper will present the ramifications of the projects and will be shared widely locally and internationally.

A later stage of the project includes recycling the fabric on which the images of sky and texts will be printed on into functional bags. These bags made of skies will be distributed to people dealing with homelessness.

The installation on Monroe Ave is planned to be up in April 2019.