beneath the asphalt the beach, or: how to get to magellan avenue from lapu lapu street

2017

Asphalt, sailcloth, wood, concrete, cotton rope

Two 6.5'x3.5'x1' structures

Evoking one of the ships buried in San Francisco’s landfill, this installation explores the presence of colonial and anti-colonial histories in the city’s urban geography. The sails show maps of Magellan Avenue and Lapu Lapu Street, named respectively for the Philippines’ first colonizer and the revolutionary hero who killed him. The maps are printed onto the sails in asphalt—both the material of urbanization and a derivative of pitch, which covered Magellan’s vessel and the other Western “Black Ships” that brought colonization and gunboat diplomacy to the East.