UnNatural History I

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UNNATURAL HISTORY I (2012)

Wood, plywood, foam, plastic, paint, branches, dirt, and other natural materials.
80′ × 30′ × 8′

(Installation view: Site Lab: Grand Rapids Public Museum, Grand Rapids, MI)

UnNatural History I is a monumental landscape sculpture; a mirrored image of itself with one side mounted upside-down and the other righted. It is a miniature world mounted inside an abandoned natural history museum. The work presents landscapes that are simultaneously real and subliminal, beautiful and devastating, refined and abstracted. The work seeks to present dualities, whose tensions underscore the disparity between the land itself, and the viewer’s projections.

Ink drawings in support of the project and its research can be viewed in the “paper” section. Watch time-lapse recording of the installation here.

Photo credit: Tom Wagner