"we saved paradise by
 introducing the serpentine 
or (this is not a museum)"

Three circular holes, each 15" in diameter, are drilled through the gallery floor in scattered locations. The portholes, covered in glass flush with the floor, reveal hidden spaces suspended within the building's basement that contain objects from LACMA's permanent collection. Although invisible at first, the lighting from below glows and gives a hint of their presence, eliciting discovery by the visitors. By using his selected objects—iconic images of race, class, and religion— Martinez creates a re-vision of history, taking what already exists and changing both the context and the conventional viewpoint. Surveyed from this new vantage point, one sees what is not always visible.

LACMA object:

George Smith IV, silversmith
Great Spoon
, 1799
Gift of Miss Bella Mabury
Photo ©2001 Museum Associates/LACMA

Meriden Cut Glass Company
Punch Bowl on Stand, 1895
Gift of Laura and Mel Guthman
Photo ©2001 Museum Associates/LACMA

Deep Plate with the Triumph of Galatea
Italy, c. 1550
Tin-glazed earthenware (majolica)
William Randolph Hearst Collection
Photo ©2001 Museum Associates/LACMA
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