Gisela Colon, Monoliths

Gisela Colon, Untitled (15 Foot Parabolic Monolith Iridium), 2019

Medium: Engineered carbon fiber

Size: 180 × 62 1/2 × 37 1/2 in. (457.2 × 158.8 × 95.3 cm)

Credits: Courtesy of the artist and GAVLAK Gallery


Video Transcript

I'm standing next to the largest monolith in the exhibition. And it's a parabolic monolith that measures 15 feet of height. And the parabolic model of this are very special.

They're based on the parabolic arch, which is an oscillating arch. So in every direction from the bottom of the object to the other side, there's constant motion. And it's that feeling that you get of living in southern California where you're in constant motion on the freeways, you're gyrating. And if you look around Los Angeles, that's kind of the ethos of southern California, is that constant state of movement that we're in. And these objects are meant to embody that state of movement and that state of fluctuation that is part of our lives. And it's also tapping into the future. And I'm really a big believer in the future because that's our hope.

That's our hope as the human race, is that we all come together and we move towards the future and a future, that we're all united and full of vital energy. And these objects embody that and embody the vitality of the future, the energy of the city and of southern California and of this great place that we live in, which is planet earth.



Movers are directing one another simultaneously, shouting out various instructions in English and Spanish. As the Monoliths are lifted out of the truck and up the stairs into the museum, traffic noise can be heard from the street. Once inside, the team claps to applaud and simultaneous conversations continue.