24 foot diameter dome, 16 feet tall
From afar, the dome pavilion was a light artwork in its own right. Washes and movement of light can be seen and appreciated from many distances.
The interior sculpture was a dreamlike spectacle floating and spinning in space.
An altar contained pictures and objects related to Jay, along with a cube filled with messages collected from friends and loved ones.
Provided headphones played a looping audio track where many of Jay's friends tell stories about him.
The artwork is inspired by a phase that Jay went through in 2010-11 in NYC - he used a large pink suitcase as a briefcase that he took with him everywhere even though it was hopelessly too large for the purpose. Maybe it was performance art - maybe it was a prank - who knows? He playfully refused to let anyone see what was inside no matter how many times we asked. Now that Jay is gone, we are left with that very suitcase - and by combining it with light and motion - the sculpture intends to capture Jay's enormous energy, his loyalty, his love, his many contributions and collaborations, his totally unique character, and his boundless spirit. The adjacent altar is a place where loved ones can leave messages, pictures, and objects to remember and celebrate Jay.
Though he never revealed what was in the suitcase so many years ago, one can't help but wonder what would Jay put in it now for his next journey? And if all of his loved ones could put something in that suitcase now - what would we put inside it? If it were some sort of magical suitcase that could be filled with anything no matter how big or small? One might guess that he would pack up all his favorite things, and favorite keepsakes, and all his memories. And that his loved ones could all include messages, and photographs, and objects that have meaning and connection to his life. That's what should be in the suitcase. And maybe that’s what was in the suitcase all along.