Under Construction is an installation that encourages discussion on the topics of spirituality, land use and safety. The artist re-created a City of Calgary construction site into a City of Calgary spiritual site, to draw the connection between the labor happening at a construction site and the exertion humans expend when trying to understand their spiritual beliefs, mortality and ultimately their role and purpose in life.
Emilija tries to encourage the viewer to think about spirituality in tangible and physical means. Is it really possible for a site to be sacred? Who decides which piece of land is spiritual and which is not?
The main goal is not to provide an opportunity for humans to judge each other’s beliefs but rather to think about what would happen if governments around the world treated humanity’s spiritual safety with as much importance as their physical safety.