Waikiki Sign, 2011
Single-Channel High-Definition Video
The “Waikiki Sign” gathers it’s meaning from the iconic sign it imitates in Hollywood, California. People project their desires onto the famous Hollywood Sign and for many grand dreams of success become out-of-reach. To see the sign you must see it from far away, a symbolic act that mirrors the struggle to achieve something that many don’t experience.
Waikiki Sign embodies the human desire to seek an untouched paradise. When visitors arrive in Hawaii, they are met with a chaotic mix of real and fantasy images of an idyllic place. This film foreshadows a near future where this sign exists, masking the real state of Hawaii with a version of paradise only to be seen and desired from afar, much like the sign itself.