404: TEXT ROAD POEM (THE DIVINE COMEDY)

By Seyed Alavi

       

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404 is a temporary project installed at the Montalvo Arts Center in Saratoga, CA. It consists of eight, yellow, diamond shaped traffic signs installed along the main road which represent the opening lines to Dante’s Inferno, the first book of The Divine Comedy. Dante’s words have been converted/translated into "Lingo," the language of text messaging and are presented as fragments, one after the other in a linear progression.

This piece utilizes the forest like environment at Montalvo to echo the metaphorical setting of the poem, while using traffic signs to play with the idea of being lost and searching for the right way.

See pictures of the entire series here!