Started under the cover of darkness in a parking lot abundant in poison ivy, golden sneakers, and the smells of Mexican food, Good Morning: The American Inn Project ended less than 24 hours before developers ground up the entire lot. Eight years after The American Inn itself was demolished to prevent squatters from taking up residence in its abandoned rooms, the motel sign—still dutifully announcing “_ightly & _eekly rates”—was liberated by Lexington artists Kurt Gohde and Kremena Todorova. In the course of five months, Gohde and Todorova visited the sign daily, capturing 561 photographs and becoming the adopted family of a feral black-and-white cat. Inspired by Vandaveer’s track “Good Morning,” the resulting video artwork documents the dialog between the sign, the song lyrics and the motorists making their daily commute along New Circle Road, one of Lexington’s major motorways.
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