Tim Etchells - We Wanted, 2011

“it’s so hard to go into the city, ‘cos you wanna say ‘hey, I love you’ to everybody…
when we were teenagers, we wanted to be the sky..”
 

We Wanted takes a phrase from Cat Power’s song Colors And The Kids on the album Moon Pix as the basis for a 15 metre long, 1 metre tall 3-d sign made from stainless steel and programmable LEDs . I’ve always loved the song, and if I’m listening to it it’s this small part of a line, when she gets there, that always has the strongest possibility to make me cry. Removed from its place, rendered as solid letters and shifting light and set in a dialogue with an outdoor location the phrase seems to become something else entirely – a fragment that floats freely and which can attach to each place and each reader in different ways.

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