Up, Over, Around

carbon fiber composite, steel cables
16 x 18 x 1 feet

What is this old stone structure? It’s a bridge, but also a tunnel, yet it has no real function in this location. It’s ornamental, its main purpose is to create an experience of passing through and over spaces, from one place to another. I started with this observation, and created a sculpture with the same multiple natures: mine is a form to be passed through, over, and under. Both structures are made to provide an experience of transitioning, where that experience itself is more important than what comes before or after.

I watch visitors walk through the near-circle of the form, stop, look up, look down, then return to the ground and pass through the stone structure, again looking up. My hope is that they experience and focus on those transitions in a way that they wouldn’t have otherwise.

The stone bridge uses substantial weight to achieve this; the sculpture uses as little mass as possible, belonging more to the air than to the earth, thanks to its cantilevered and suspended structure.

In memory of Philippe Lefevre
This is a work I created during my one-year fellowship at the Château de la Napoule in southern France, as part of being awarded the 2022-2023 Prix Henry Clews from the La Napoule Art Foundation.