Building Traffic Jam
Traffic Jam – by Richard Scott
I woke up one day and decided to make something a little less ordinary.
In 2002, I left the corporate world to enjoy a life of quality with my wife, Salomien and my son Richie. I had had enough of boardrooms, men in suits, and traffic jams.
This work is a reflection of our times, and of the problems humans create while trying to solve others.
The work is designed to mesmerise the viewer, through the use of the shiny aluminium panels in a circle. Trapping you in your version of a safe world, your own back garden on a summer day.
I used an angle grinder to grind iconic images of cats, dogs, cars, sunshine and the perfect life into the piece. Wherever you turn and look, you are trapped in a so-called nice space. For a moment it is surreal, you want to touch the sun in your subconscious. You get a sense that this is what your head would look like if you could get inside it.
Step outside your circle, and you step into the world's traffic jam. The 1000 cars represent the 1000 traffic jams the average city-dweller must confront in the 365 days that make up a year. You'll see 999 red cars and one blue car. That little blue car is you, those 999 red cars are you. You're trapped, you can't get away, no matter how hard you try.
And yet art, as always, if you look at it in the right way, can set you free.
Hout Bay Gallery 2010