Christopher Robbins is bringing back the WPA (Work Projects Administration) because the government hasn’t.
During the last Great Depression, the Work Projects Administration (WPA) employed millions of people through projects across the country. Money went directly to people who needed it, and their efforts produced some of the most important public works of the time.
In this recession, he was upset that the stimulus didn’t go directly to people who needed it most. This summer, he opened WPA offices in Wassaic, NY and Jamaica, Queens, hiring people to complete small-scale public works in their neighborhoods, under the auspices of the USA Work Program WPA.
For Marian Spore, he consulted with residents of Sunset Park, Brooklyn (the neighborhood bordering Marian Spore) and selected a small public works project for the WPA 2010 to complete – a puddle-prone patch of damaged sidewalk outside a neighborhood Subway Station. The repaired divots and potholes constitute a series of site-specific unique objects in the Marian Spore collection.