Public Art Proposals
My earliest site projects were created for Central Park and Lincoln Center in 1969. I received grants from School Of Visual Arts, The NYC Parks Department, and was also commissioned by the Pearl Lange Dance Company (Ford Foundation Grant) to create nine pieces for the stage at Lincoln Center that same year. The Draped facade pieces were designed in 1968 (above) and presented to Doris Freedman in 1970. She tried to arrange funding for them as director of City Walls. Recent works use environmental issues as reasons to create cantilevered grass and soil sculptures. Through the years I used technology to create artworks that resist the laws of science, toying with people’s assumptions about gravity, solidity, and the mutability of static elements challenging our inherent conviction that the ground beneath our feet is stable. Current projects include creating a glass house structure containing a cloud continually moving because of humidity and barometric pressure conditions in the atmosphere surrounding the CloudHouse. The cloud is made with ultrasound and envisioned in the public realm, as if a monumental soothsayer forecasting imminent, sometimes ominous weather conditions. Filtering Vortex is a proposal designed as a fantasy LCD projection made to encourage the fabrication of a giant underwater filtration system that purifies our water and environment. Projected on a large floor site, a colossal sized fan with attached membrane is imagined continually spinning and cleaning particles as if recycling through a below sea level drain. Trapped debris renewed through natural processes restores nutrient value to this fictional underwater bed.