| BALTIMORE MD and ASHFORD NY
Design and Fabrication
Installed April-September, 2010 (Baltimore); October 2010- (Ashford)
We were selected by curators Ronit Eisenbach and Jennie Flemming to produce an installation as part of the Evergreen Museum’s 6th Sculpture Biennial. Simultaneous Presence featured five artists and five architects, each given the charge of drawing inspiration from Evergreen’s exquisite collection—a testimony to its illustrious past.
Fruit—fertility, abundance, and temptation—the sweet and plentiful objects of nature are strewn below the trees to be discovered and used by visitors to Evergreen.
While the sprawling (dis)continuity of Evergreen the House retains the distinctions of its defining inhabitants, the landscape and garden arguably leave one with what could be described as absence. Gone are the greenhouses, fountains, and topiaries that defined formal gardens. Exotic and tropical plants, orchards and vegetable gardens providing sustenance to the house’s inhabitants no longer exist.
Stripped of specificity of place, the grounds in October offered few moments for contemplative repose, moments to stay—suggesting instead the visitor keep moving only to arrive at a incomplete vista. We hope to activate interstitial, perhaps underused, areas of the garden and (re)instate a program notably not there. Fallen Fruit is an informal cluster of functional seating for park denizens to lounge and occupy the garden in a manner slightly suggestive of Bosch’s imagined world of strange fruit-like containers from which limbs spill forth.
Matter project team
Alfred Zollinger, Sandra Wheeler, co-directors
Christopher Malloy, Ken Kinoshita, Michael Fischer, Niall Templeman, Tamara Templeman
Ronit Eisenbach and Jennie Fleming