Paul Ramírez Jonas
Artist in the Public Realm

Agora Cooler, 2014



    MATERIALS:  Reproduction of Capitoline Wolf, two 5 gallon bottles of water, custom printed paper cups, and whatever conversation arises.

    This piece continues my re-imagining of public and civic monuments as renewed sites for engagement: the equestrian statue, the bust, the gates to the city -and in this case the public fountain. Once upon a time the source of potable water was communal and shared; is the office cooler the contemporary descendant of that form? Is this still a possible forum for serious conversation? Can pointing to its history glean something other than a conversation about who won the Grammy’s last night?