When capturing Windows on 14th Street during my 28 July 2006 Friday Photo Walk through the Logan Circle area I would be pleasantly surprised to happen upon Ledelle Moe's Memorial (Collapse) at Lofts 14 Two. Which in the past year or more when I've passed through this area I have sometimes photographed Men at Work. In fact, it was one of my July 2005 14th Street Men At Work photos taken at this very location during the early stages of the construction of Lofts 14 Two that has been featured in the websites of several construction companies.
Since it was late in the day and the construction workers had long since gone my focus, for the evening, was pedestrians at the intersection of 14th and P Streets and windows along 14th Street. And even if it I had not been focusing on windows the 3 headed display would have been hard to miss. Almost as if the heads of 3 construction workers had fallen from the sky or from the roof of Loft 14 Two and landed onto the concrete floor of the interior of an unfinished store.
The first exhibition of "Collapse" was launched in the summer of 2005 in Durban, South Africa. Moe created a second version in October for the Anderson Gallery at Drake University in Des Moines, Iowa. A third incarnation, exhibited at George Mason University's Fine Arts Gallery from 31 January 31 through 3 March 2006.
On display until 20 September the collaborative efforts of G Fine Art and Metropolis Development Company has landed Ledelle Moe's "Memorial (Collapse)" smack down onto the concrete floor and industrial space of a yet to be opened store located on the ground level of Lofts 14 Two at 1520 14th Street. Once finalized plans for a September official opening of the Memorial (Collapse) installation will be posted to the G- Fine Art website.
Not to be confused with Lofts 14 which, across the street, is located at the northwest corner of 14th and Church Streets.
Ledelle Moe works in the Washington DC area and teaches sculpture at the Maryland Institute College ofArt.