Hairy Staircase, installed at the Mountainaire Hotel
Synthetic hair, organza and metal

Photo Credit: Brandon Rush


This installation was created for the event So Many Open Houses at the abandoned Mountainaire Hotel in Hot Springs, Arkansas. The building, which was also once an apartment complex and a nursing home, had sat empty since the 1990s.

Despite the structure's disrepair, this work makes visible the tiny pulse I imagine coursing through its veins. By creating a staircase of cascading hair, I imply that this building not only retains the energy of its former inhabitants but that it transforms that energy into a symbol of growth. I personify the hotel and imagine that it is still alive.