Nicky Enright, Pipeline Dream, 2017
PVC pipes & fittings on wall painting
21' x 9'

Pipeline Dream

Pipeline Dream is a wall painting and wall sculpture made out of PVC pipes and a variety of plumbing fixtures. This dreamlike wordplay references and merges multiple notions - from a “pipe dream,” to the controversial Keystone XL pipeline, to the “school-to-prison-pipeline,” and beyond. The work forms a shadow of reality that casts actual shadows. It is underpinned by a smoky gradation that evokes many ideas at once - the smoke of a crude oil pipeline, the smoke of “pipe dreams,” which is directly related to the mass incarceration of minority youth, and the smoke off the ashes of the resulting dashed dreams.

Pipeline Dream 2

Photos: Cary Whittier

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