pink box for
Los Angeles, CA 2014
with S. Hattington

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For 2 1/2 hours, Sheppard and Hattington were 
closed inside a transparent and metal box 
measuring 48” x 48” x 13” and attached 10-feet 
above the ground on the facade of The Arcade 
building at 936 1/2 Mei Ling Way (across from 
New Dragon Restaurant and down from Hop Louie’s 
Bar). The two performers repeatedly changed re-
stricting positions within the box while caress-
ing one another’s bodies in a public display of 
affection. A water hose was attached to the box 
which kept the couple’s entangled bodies wet, 
and transformed the box itself into a steamy 
sauna dripping with a constant pitter-patter 
of rain.
The light box was pre-existing signage that had 
at one time been used as advertising, left to sit 
vacant for years. For pink box Sheppard stripped 
the box of its electrical, replaced brittle and 
aged Plexiglas with new vibrant fluorescent panes, 
and painted the structure pink. The performance 
within then became something video-esque and 
surreal to the eye, contrasting with the environ-
ment and landscape.
pink box was video-taped from two different 
angles: from close-up inside, and; from street-
level out-side the box (videography by Jaime 
Scholnick and Sally Coates).
-Western Project

pink box, 2014
site-specific performance for 6th Annual Perform Chinatown: Chaos Reigns
Los Angeles, CA
with S. Hattington

video work by Jaime Scholnick, Sally Coates; photographs by Sally Coates; curated by 
Doug Harvey, Lee Lynch, Paige Wery

all photographs by Sally Coates