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Friday, December 28, 2007

The Meadows Will Be Open! The Meadows Will Be Open!

posted by on December 28 at 10:30 AM

According to Seattle Art Museum spokeswoman Erika Lindsay, this summer you’ll be able to roam the meadows at the Olympic Sculpture Park. No more fences keeping you from coming anywhere near—let alone standing under, as by design the artist seems to invite you to do—Bunyon’s Chess. This means, essentially, that the people of Seattle will experience this early Mark Di Suvero sculpture for the first time this summer. (The “experience” right now is nothing more than an image held visually—imagine if you weren’t able to walk into Richard Serra’s Wake and you have the idea.)

Mark Di Suvero’s Bunyon’s Chess (1965)

In other OSP news, Glenn Rudolph’s photographs of the way the site used to look and Pedro Reyes’s wall sculpture and swinging structures will be removed from the pavilion in March to make way for an installation by Geoff McFetridge. The installation hasn’t been finalized, but from preparatory drawings, Lindsay described it as a billboard that extends from the wall with parts that reach the floor. I love that the pavilion is a place in the park to consider the relationship between the wall and the floor, and to consider the history of relief.

Battle of the Gods and Giants, from the north frieze of the Treasury of the Siphnians, Delphi (ca. 530 B.C.)

Untitled by Robert Morris (1967)

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Looks like you need to close a tag, Jen.

Posted by Ryan | December 28, 2007 10:49 AM

Oh, my original reason for response was to express happiness about being able to experience Bunyon's Chess as it was meant to be experienced. Looking forward to that.

Posted by Ryan | December 28, 2007 10:51 AM

what will be done about replacing the boring art? not all of it, just the boring ones.

Posted by max solomon | December 28, 2007 10:56 AM

The security officers there sure take their jobs seriously, especially at night.

Posted by Paulus | December 28, 2007 11:04 AM

The Di Suvero sculpture at the St. Louis art museum was always one of my favorites when I lived there in the 80s. You're right, they really need to be experienced and not viewed from afar.

Posted by Polka Party | December 28, 2007 2:07 PM

RE .."I love that the pavilion is a place in the park to consider the relationship between the wall and the floor, and to consider the history of relief.."-

Right... that's an interesting angle- but what does it have to do with the New Deal? ^..^

Posted by herbert browne | December 28, 2007 3:00 PM

That's freaking exciting that they're going to have Geoff McFetridge at the park. I've wanted him to show in Seattle again for a long time. His small installation at HOUSTON was amazing and the work he's been doing since then (the past 7 years) is going to be a HUGE shot of vitality for viewing contemporary art in Seattle.

Posted by Dan | December 29, 2007 9:41 AM

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