Facade, 2010, wood & vinyl, 14 x 24x 12 feet
Exhibited for Cityscape: Surveying the Urban Biotope, Socrates Sculpture Park, 2010
Facade (Model), wood and cardboard
Facade, digital schematic
FACADE is an empty three-walled architectural shell installed on the north side of Socrates Sculpture Park. The cutout patterns invoke the forms of dilapidation and structural collapse, while juxtaposing views of the park and the extended city skyline with the fragmented images of local forest land and collapsing buildings. The sculpture addresses the intersection of built, landscaped, and undeveloped aspects of New York, visually suggesting potential futures and known histories.
"The introduction or invasion of plants and animals in the cityscape symbolizes a broad scope of conditions and dynamics — from far reaching social, political, economic and aesthetic issues to an individual’s relationship with their immediate surroundings. Nature’s presence in the urban environment can take many forms: green roofs, community gardens, city parks, corporate plazas; Peregrine Falcons nesting on 5th Avenue balconies; vast populations of rats and pigeons that have readily adapted to the habitat of busy streets; Ailanthus trees growing from crumbling buildings, abandoned construction sites, and cracks in the sidewalk. This range from invited and cultivated to invasive and insidious represents everything from the most innovative urban planning and a trend towards the greening of cities, to a symptom of and contributor to the decay of the built environment."