Caroline Anderson and Chingiz Babayev
(US and Azerbaijan)
"The Freedom Well"
an oil well in Harvard Square
The Freedom Well, a collaborative proposal
by American artist Caroline Anderson and Azerbaijani artist Chingiz
Babayev, is meant to promote conversation about our worldwide addiction
to oil. By erecting this well in Harvard Square, the artists
propose do their part to abate the oil crisis; at the same
time they present a piece of monumental architecture appropriate
to the cultural, economic and political priorities common
to both of our cultures. The cell phone transmitter, the
red-white-and-blue color scheme, and the community group "In
My Backyard" constitute
a marketing concept aimed to normalize an otherwise abnormal situation. The
web site for the freedom well is found at www.artandtechnology.net/freedom.
On the site you will find more information about the project, the artists,
urban oil wells in the US, and the oil Baku-Tiblisi-Jehan pipeline. Visit
their blog at www.freedomwell.blogspot.com.