"I will continue it only if there's interest in the community for it to
survive," Goggin said. "I'll miss it ... but
we need to look at what we value. Is this valuable? If it's not valued
it needs to go."
Goggin says that the city was mostly interested that the installation
was structurally sound -- i.e. that the bathtub that looks like its
teetering on the brink of tumbling out the window isn't actually going
to go through with it. The artist passed through the building with a
structural engineer and determined that in some cases, he needed to add
a strap, or prime some rusting metal, or take down a couple of chairs
"because the structure of the wood wasn't as stable as it should have
been." (Feel safe, pedestrians?)
But Goggin decided he didn't want the installation to just be
structurally sound, but to "bring life to the corner again," adding
back the lights that used to illuminate the exhibit. Thus the $75,000 improvement effort.
Goggin says he's been mulling moving the installation across the street
to the building of the 1:A.M. gallery. "I think the piece is full of
mystery and wonder, and could be effective in a number of contexts, so
I'm looking for it to continue. ... But at this stage, we're focused on
getting Defenestration looking good and stabilized, and from that point, we can explore the options of having it migrate."