The installation at the Queens Museum was originally commissioned for the 1964 World's Fair by Robert Moses whose controversial urban planning projects transformed New York City. The model was built by a team of 100 people over 3 years with over 99% accuracy, and was updated until 1992. By using this panorama as the basis for Hooverville, the work is a clear political comment on the often harsh infrastructural changes which have historically forced many New Yorkers out of their homes and into bohemian often derelict existences. Hooverville explores the disparity between big business and those that lie devastated in its wake. It is a harsh portrayal of a city dwarfed by its homeless giants, a bitter taste of the situation at the tail end of the economic crisis and a contrast to the thriving metropolis of the 1990s and 2000s.
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