“Landmark”

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The outdoor exhibition “Landmark” celebrates the thirtieth year of Socrates Sculpture Park, an institution founded by Mark Di Suvero and located on the shore of the East River in Queens. Several of the nine works on view take maintenance and rehabilitation as their themes, appropriately for a park in an industrial area. Meg Webster’s new earthwork, Concave Room for Bees (2016) is a circular form, seventy feet in diameter, which visitors enter through a pathway to find themselves at the center of an amphitheater filled with flowers and grasses. The gridded wire bales holding the soil create an orderly rhythm contraposed to the fluctuating flora. Webster’s materials—four hundred cubic yards of fertile soil—are much needed at the park and will be raked onto the grounds after the exhibition. Her work functions companionably with Jessica Segall’s Fugue in B flat (2016), a beehive in a modified piano harp, with a speaker amplifying the sounds of the bees. Another maintenance-oriented project is Casey Tang’s Urban Forest Lab, which he began in 2014; he has been restoring the fertility of the soil in a section of the park and creating a self-sustaining garden of native plants. —Cathy Lebowitz

 

 

Pictured: Meg Webster: Concave Room for Bees, 2016, Earth, steel and pollinator plants, 6 by 70 feet. Courtesy Paula Cooper Gallery, New York. Photo Nate Dorr.