Artist Jennifer Marsh founded the International Fiber Collaborative in 2007 with the hope of bringing more attention to our collective dependence on oil. With the submission of hundreds of individual panels from around the world she was able to cover this entire gas station (located in central New York) with fabric squares expressing a visual/written statement about oil. The installation was completed earlier this year, though I can only imagine its long since been taken down.
Just the image of it is fantastic, but also the symbolism — the abandoned gas station becomes the frame upon which our collective desire to abandon gas is hung. Rather than being a dreary or self righteous statement, however, the installation’s color and humor gives the station new purpose as a place for the community to come together – rather than just passing through.