Sneakers in the Sky

Slide- and sound installation (2007)
15 min.
Sound mix: Simon Leth Stolzenbach

The installation Sneakers in the Sky explores an urban phenomenon found in many American cities: shoes seen hanging by their laces from power cables, trees and light poles. The shoes appear as signs in urban space, but the readings are varied. The phenomenon is examined through photography and sound recordings from the streets of New York City as the work presents various speculations on the meanings of the hanging sneakers spanning from transitional rites, marking of territory, drug sales, to mere children’s play.