The project investigates the deep interference that the North American army has had in the history of this area, transforming the landscape and the fate of the people who have inhabited it. Alluding to the compositional structure of a musical, it addresses the issue of how young migrants -mostly Latinos- use the army as a survival strategy to achieve social integration.
The video installation shows this group of young people in rhythmic martial choreography through a walk from the past to the future, represented by the ruins of the old airport, until they reach the new airport. On their pilgrimage they cross the two neighborhoods where they live -Mountbello and Green Valley Ranch- adjacent to the Rocky Mountain Arsenal Refuge -now an ecological reserve, before the largest chemical weapons arsenal the United States has ever had in its history. In this arsenal, which in the 1980s was considered the most polluted place on the planet, legendary chemical weapons of mass extinction were produced, such as napalm, sarin and mustard gas. After universal pressure to shut it down, the government decided to bury all the chemicals in vaults and transform the area into an “ecological preserve” by inserting flora and fauna on the site, where Denver families now hang out. The video installation shows, with historical footage provided by the army, part of the dismantling of the arsenal in the 1980s, interspersed with the choreography of young people in the city's historic ruins.