Raburn Gap, Georgia | August 2017 – present
The site-specific artwork, Phalanx, has been installed along a wooded trail at the Hambidge Center in Rabun Gap, Georgia. Phalanx serves to demarcate a 45 yard section of the 35th parallel (Georgia – North Carolina border) with 17 round convex security mirrors. The intent of this permanent installation is to provide hikers with a meaningful yet absurd encounter with a remote section of that border. The configuration of shield-like security mirrors mimics the dot-dot-dot motif often used for the map symbol indicating a boundary. With its reflective medium, seasonal and weather conditions will continually alter its viewing. Turk was awarded the 2017 Site-Responsive Installation Fellowship at the Center to create the artwork. The project was supported by the Hambidge Travel Program trip to the Hudson Valley, New York.