This project served as a weeklong dedication to the life and works of pioneering artist Dennis Oppenheim in partnership with the Slought Foundation, The Public Workshop, and the Dennis Oppenheim Estate. “Device to Root out Evil,” created in 1997 by Oppenheim served as the catalyst for a teen workshop and series of
public conversations. Residents, community members and young adults came together to discuss the urban place and social condition in which they live, work and learn. Facilitated by Alex Gilliam, founder of Public Workshop, the teens constructed Oppenheim’s original artwork. Gilliam guided the teens in techniques
and skills required to construct a structural object, each variation presents an opportunity for discussion of the values and aspirations the participants hold for their community.