In this video artist Danh Vo describes the process of making “We the People” (2011–16), a one-to-one replica of the Statue of Liberty in New York. Like the Statue of Liberty, which is a hollow shell, the copper forms of Vo’s replica have the thickness of only two pennies. Yet the three hundred or so individual pieces that make up the artist’s version will never be brought together to form a whole. Vo states that the aim for this project is to “turn something familiar into something very unfamiliar.”
“Danh Vo: Take My Breath Away” is on view at the Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum in New York from February 9 to May 9, 2018.