Jane Mulfinger · Autonomy is No Longer Possible or Interesting, Part I

Former YWCA building, Pasadena, California. Installation: Sept 19 – Dec 31, 2009
exercise bikes, crystal, LEDs, hardware, energy

This work focuses attention on a forgotten architectural gem and former center for the community. Four craigs-listed exercise bikes converted into power generators are available to ride outside the shuttered YWCA building designed by Julia Morgan near Pasadena's City Hall. Inside, a purpose-built glass chandelier is powered by the bicycles outside, revealing the generous proportions and symmetrical building design still evident despite the deterioration of the structure. Impossible to view alone, this work requires group effort to be seen. After this exhibition, the City of Pasadena is working to take over and restore the Julia Morgan YWCA building to its former grandeur.

Thanks to Jay Belloli and Sinead Finnerty-Pyne for inspiration and access.
Photography thanks to Primo Catalano. Thanks to Lauren Smith and family.