TRADE WINDS SIGN RALLY: HDTS
(Trade Winds Sign Rally: High Desert Test Site 2013)
Artists Ellen Babcock and Raphael Gallegos with the Highland High marching Band
5400 Central Ave SE at the Trade Winds Center, former site of the Trade Winds Motel
Artist Ellen Babcock initiated and directed a sunset public art event featured as the culminating event of the High Desert Test Sites 2013. The performance involved loosely choreographed performers and participants carrying LED illuminated props through a steel arch, all of which were created by Babcock. They traced the floor plan of the once swanky motel that used to be on the barren lot, accompanied by a high school marching band. Near the end of the event, they spelled out the name of the old motel - the Trade Winds - in semaphore as a way to try to being new vitality to this depressed area of the city.