Acton Bench,
Acton-Boxborough Arboretum,

This project was developed in response to the request for proposals for the 1997 exhibition at the Acton Arboretum: "..artist should propose site-specific installations for the natural environment of the Acton Arboretum.." I wasn't thrilled that the organizers of the exhibition thought that land that had been farmed for 300 years and then left to grow back over, with manicured lawns and rose gardens was a "natural" space. They were explicit in what you could or could not do at the Arboretum: cutting down small bushes and plants was OK, disturbing the stone walls was out of the question! Nick Capasso, Curator of Sculpture at the DeCordova Museum and Sculpture Park remarked to me at the opening that, "...we almost didn't accept your proposal because we didn't think you could make the bench strong enough for people to sit in!" My work today continues to capitalize on the fact that the work is built "as well as, if not better than", similar regular objects in the world.
Acton, Massachusetts

Photo credit: Ellen Weiske

The bench was created at the Haystack Mountain School of Crafts on Deer Isle, Maine, when I was employed as a Summer Assistant.