COLLAPSING PILLAR (2017)
Paint, wood, eco-resin, natural and recycled materials.
14′ x 14′ x 38′
(Installation: Massachusetts Museum of Contemporary Art, North Adams, Massachusetts)
Collapsing Pillar towers over the viewer. For this work, De St. Croix created sections of icy tundra as if harvesting slabs of permafrost from his other work. The piece teeters uncertainly, with sticks propping up the stacked pieces and anchoring them to the wall as if the whole thing could tumble down at any moment. From the balcony, visitors can approach the surface of the sections. The precarity of this work emphasizes the vulnerability of the Arctic landscape – a space both vast and under severe threat.