Wednesday, May 2, 2012

Aldrich Museum

Last Friday my small weekly quilt group took  a field trip to the Aldrich Museum of Contemporary Art in Ridgefield, CT.  We specifically wanted to see this cardboard sculptor by artist, James Grashow.
Grashow has worked primarily in paper for the past 40 years.  The piece, Corrugated Fountain, was inspired by the famous Trevi Fountain in Rome, Italy. After being exhibited at three indoor venues, Grashow had it installed outdoors at the Aldrich, where the weather elements would eventually destroy it. You can read more about it here.
Remember that all pictures are clickable to see a bigger view.

This picture, taken on Nike's iPhone (low resolution) on the opening day shows a portion of it in its full glory.

After the installation we had two weeks of dry weather and then a weekend of rain.  This is the state in which we saw it. The bouquet of roses was left by the artist.  Although he knew it was going to disintegrate, he didn't expect it to happen so soon and was saddened by the process.  Thus the rose memorial. It took four years to make this piece; I guess I would be sad, too.

Here you can see even more of the destruction.  The exhibit is up until May 12.  We've had more rain since our visit, so it would be interesting to see what it looks like now.


Vivien Zepf said...

Nope, couldn't do it. (And to clarify that means make something so incredible, set it outside to disintegrate, and then see it in it's sorry state.) boo hoo....

Sarah said...

What an amazing piece of work. I don't think I could leave it to fall apart in the rain (expecially if it had taken four years to make)!