After immersing himself in the town and taking from specifics of the site and its place within Secaucus, Li-Hill combined his various signature elements to create this beautiful piece. He is known for his incredible works in motion contrasted by sharp abstractions and this piece has plenty of all of that goodness, touching on the past to reference our future. Centered we find Revolutionary War Patriots in various stages of movement and firing, tying to not only the town’s Colonial history but the current schools’ mascot and sports playing field just down the block. In the words of Li-Hill “this symbol connects to the site, history and the broader violent history of the colonization and independence of America, allud[ing] to this violent and dark history through the posture and expressions of the Patriots.” Surrounding them is a flock of Snow Geese, migratory birds from the Arctic who winter and migrate through the Meadowlands, a wetland ecosystem that runs through Secaucus. Aside from the obvious connections the imagery has to the town it is also play off “the concept of migration – of traveling to different landscapes to increase populations and access to resources, [which] is [much] akin to the migration of humans, specifically the massive migration and colonization of North America.” Framing it all is an “industrial” gridded pattern, pulling from his installation work, again “allud[ing] to future development wrought by migration and settling of the land and its effect on our current landscape today.”
In collaboration with Mayor Michael Gonnelli and the Town of Secaucus.
Filled with some unusual obstacles Li-Hill truly showed off his perspective skills, perfectly lining up every detail of the multiple exposure fencer image. In the words of Li-Hill the fencer “draw[s] up an association with the Olympics, which is the most common area you would see this sport. The Olympics are a wholly western idea that has caught on global appeal and introduced a different form of competition to other nations. Although it seems primarily for the sport, corporations are a major part of the industry behind the Olympics.” So here this athlete “act[s] as an allusion to the capitalist culture we are in, locked into a constant struggle of competition that is amplified by our society.” With the fluidity of the background he mimics the constant natural motion of an athlete, rigid and disciplined while graceful at the same time.
Competition among humans has been around for thousands of years and with this new series that Li-Hill has been recently working on he references the Olympics as the new form of competition that is more about capitalism and economics then competing itself. Painted in the heart of downtown Jersey City, NJ he mimicked the high speed motion of a Ping Pong player, a sport in which perfection is bred from an early age and winning means power to the representing country. Using freehand fluid techniques he created the illusion and aura of movement surrounding the player in action and beautifully blocked off it off with colors for a subtly cool variation in layers.