Visual Vocabulary is a series of banners focusing on the architectural heritage of the commercial district of an older urban community of San Diego. Each of the ten banners commissioned by the Adams Avenue Business Association highlights an architectural feature found on the buildings along the Avenue. The words defining the architectural elements are included and a map of the district is overlaid on sections of the banners.
Districts like those along the Avenue are rich with architectural treasures that often go unnoticed as pedestrians and automobiles move quickly past them. By refocusing attention on these elements the artwork encourages viewers to begin noticing some of the unique features in their environment. Viewers can "play the game" of searching out the places which inspired individual banners, learn architectural vocabulary, and develop a new sense of connection to the built environment and their community. Visual Vocabulary was completed in 1998.