Hospicio Cabañas (Playable Stage for Thunder Hawk) is a sculptural mosaic of the oldest hospital complex and orphanage in the Americas.
Flint corn, glue, paper clay, wire mesh, and wood.
Located in Guadalajara, Mexico, Hospicio Cabañas was a playable stage in the 1993 arcade hit Super Street Fighter II.
It served as home court for Thunder Hawk, a warrior from the Sonoran Desert whose ancestral land was taken by the international crime syndicate Shadaloo.
The Thunderfoot people find refuge in the Monté Alban Plains of Oaxaca, where the maize crop was first cultivated.
I collaborated with Danza Mexika Tonalxochitl – a community of Mexican indigenous ceremonial dancers – who chose to bless this sculpture and blockade the entrance to Corona Park.
Performance on Sunday, June 30th 2019 at Flushing Meadows Corona Park (111th St & 49th Ave).
Using corn kernels as an analogue for pixels on a screen, I wanted to break the cycle of appropriation – be it land, stories, or the sacred.
This project was made possible by the Art in the Parks Grant, which supports the creation of site-specific public artworks in Flushing Meadows Corona Park.
Photos by Patrick Austin