Created by Rotterdam-based designer Chris Kabel, Wall Space is a sculptural installation that turns Headlands’ building façade into a canvas for commissioned texts. Inspired by historical movie theater marquees, a hidden armature on the side of the building holds metal mesh letters that respond to the changing light, visible to viewers as cast shadows. The letters are reconfigured into a new poem twice a year.
The piece by Trey Amos is the first in the set of three commissions curated by Chinaka Hodge (AIR ’12). Amos is a creative entrepreneur originally from Nashville, TN. In 2014, Trey relocated to Oakland after being awarded the Poet Mentor fellowship through Youth Speaks. Amos has facilitated spaces throughout the Bay Area and beyond. He’s performed at numerous venues, such New Parish, the Nourse Theater, Oracle Arena, and War Memorial just to name a few. In 2015, Amos was invited to perform for the United Nations’ 70th Anniversary convening. He has shared stages with the likes of Dr. Cornel West, Talib Kweli, Ismael Reed, Saul Williams, and many more.
Above: 2019 Wall Space Installation by Camille Roy, curated by Claudia La Rocco (AIR ’13). photo: Henrik Kam