Opie's Yosemite Falls
More Catherine Opie news: The Art Newspaper has a feature on the public artwork Opie is creating for the new federal courthouse in downtown Los Angeles. It's to be a vertical view of Yosemite Falls divided into six panels, each 11-1/2 feet wide. The panels will be installed in the atrium of the Skidmore, Owings & Merrill courthouse, to open in summer 2016.
The two lowest panels present an upside-down view of the waterfall—they consist entirely of a reflection. This recalls Carleton Watkins' views of Mirror Lake (1861 example below), in which the virtual image appears more substantial than the real one. The partly upside-down image of an icon of American freedom will parallel the concerns of many who will walk through the courthouse atrium. Said Opie: "The notion of fracturing a photograph suggests the fracturing of life."