Reciprocal Ladders
Steve Rossi Reciprocal Ladders Wood and acrylic latex
Reciprocal Ladder to Roll
2012
Wood and acrylic latex
87" x 87" x 16"

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In the Reciprocal Ladder series, the utilitarian function and visual form of a ladder has been subverted for aesthetic and metaphorical purposes.

As part of the Art in Odd Places public art festival, this project was performed along the entire east to west length of 14th street in lower Manhattan. My intentions in this project involve subverting the familiar function and metaphor of a ladder, widely seen to symbolically represent upward mobility and the social hierarchy that is established by that perception and understanding. By converting the form of a ladder into a rolling reciprocal structure, a symbolic public action is established emphasizing an alternative egalitarian mode of social organization—presenting a possibility for what a “ladder of success” might look like without a beginning or end, top or bottom.



Steve Rossi Reciprocal Ladders
Reciprocal Ladder to Roll
Street view 2
Steve Rossi Reciprocal Ladders Wood and acrylic latex
Reciprocal Ladder for Two
2012
Wood and acrylic latex
72" x 36" x 22"
Steve Rossi Reciprocal Ladders Plywood and acrylic latex
Reciprocal Ladder to Bend
2015
Plywood and acrylic latex
60" x 16" 60"
Steve Rossi Reciprocal Ladders Wood and acrylic latex
Reciprocal Ladder for Four
2014
Wood and acrylic latex
84" x 42" x 120"
Steve Rossi Reciprocal Ladders Wood and acrylic latex
Reciprocal Ladder for Three
2014
Wood and acrylic latex
72" x 48" x 36"
Steve Rossi Reciprocal Ladders Plywood and acrylic latex
Reciprocal Ladder to Climb
2015
Plywood and acrylic latex
96" x 48" x 12"
Steve Rossi Reciprocal Ladders Wood and acrylic latex
Reciprocal Ladder to Parallel
2014
Wood and acrylic latex
60" x 18" x 30"
Steve Rossi Reciprocal Ladders
(Detail) Reciprocal Ladder to Parallel
Steve Rossi Reciprocal Ladders Cedar and acrylic latex
Reciprocal Ladder to Intersect
2015
Cedar and acrylic latex
72" x 54" x 16"
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