A typographic installation that spans 25 feet long, consisting of approximately 3,600 toy soldiers. “You go girl” is something thrown around daily, casually said at a softball game or to calm someone’s nerves right before a big event. But if the viewer is curious enough to walk up the hill and take a closer look, they will discover that each letterform is constructed of a troop of army women, each individually spray painted hot pink and strategically laid out on the landscape.
In 1994, the Ground Combat Exclusion policy officially banned women from serving in combat, but the issue remained a back and forth controversy over the years. This installation took place during Spring of 2013, around the same time Secretary of Defense Leon Panetta removed the military’s ban on women serving in artillery, armor, infantry, piloting warplanes, ships, and other combat roles — recognizing that women are just as, if not more, adept in strength and power to fight for their country.
Installed at the Sinclair Pavilion at Art Center College of Design
Mentor: Brian Rea