Building as Integral Part of Immigrant Identity

As I wander through the Ecological Park, I come across an impressive structure, towering tall, and rivaling the landmarks of the city’s skyline in the distance.  From this vantage point in the park, the cathedral in the distance is actually dwarfed by this seemingly precarious tower of found objects, drilled together in what appears to be a haphazard fashion. A constructed assembly of lattices, planks of wood, palettes, chairs, and a shopping cart, José Luis Torres builds as he climbs and climbs as he builds.  Working without a plan, his composition takes shape in situ as a form of improvisational […]