The assemblages represent what Adrian has called “PR-tifacts”. These PR-tifacts were gathered throughout Adrian’s journey across the island. Many of the items were donated by residents and many others were collected from giant piles of escombro (rubbish) found on beaches, on streets, and in abandoned properties that were completely destroyed. These PR-tifacts are more than just damaged property, they are filled with the energy of the people who once owned them, filled with the energy of Maria. They represent the destruction of the fabric of ordinary life; the memories of a life once lived, the imagination of our children, our love, our history, our pride, our faith, and all that defines who we are as Puerto Ricans.
These items demonstrate, in part, what the landscape of the island looked like post-María. For weeks and months following Maria, families were cleaning up this type of damage from their homes and for many the work still continues.