Sonsbeek 9, Arnhem, Netherlands
Group exhibition curated by Jan Hoet, June - September, 2001.
All Happy Now, 2001 - 20 Meter (66 feet) diameter ziggurat. Earth, grass, Corten steel.
This first group of photos I took during the initial construction in the spring of 2001. Most of the work was done by the Dutch landscape architect, Jan Van Ter Hove and his great crew. His challenge was to create, at scale, the extruded Spiral of Fermat I had made a large model of. The photos show the work starting off nice and dry with basically a large mound of topsoil and Corten steel strips. The plan was to bolt together the steel strips into a sort of huge clock spring; cutting slots and infilling as necessary. Then it rained...
This next group of photos was taken by the Dutch crew later as turf was being put in place. The last two are of the completed work.
In 2003, several years after the Exhibition and long after the temporary work was supposed to have been removed, a Dutch friend sent me some photos of a still existing, although sadly neglected, All Happy Now.
Also realized in 2001 at the Arnhem Museum of Modern Art:
I Almost Forgot, 2001, 4M x 8M, cut grass.
I was asked to do a project for a separate exhibition running concurrently at the Arnhem Museum of Modern Art entitled Presents and I had recently seen some strange aerial photos showing visible markings in the fields where Allied gliders had landed and subsequently been burned. The heat of the fires had changed the surface enough for a ghost image to last (in fields that had not been worked) for more than fifty years. I Almost Forgot is an image created by cutting the grass around a laid-out shape. The best location I was offered had a large tree which I worked with and feel it adds another layer to the whole passage-of-time thing. Beyond is a beautiful vista of the Rhine.
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