Clearing features an intricate folded metal canopy that uses shadow to subtly recreate the pattern that would have been cast by the natural canopy of foliage in the ancient forest. The canopy creates an evocative grove-like atmosphere around a cluster of benches that invite people to gather within. Surrounding the sculptural canopy is a constellation of LED lights inset into the ground across the field, forming a pattern of stars in the darkness.
The canopy is composed of layers of metal panels, water-jet cut with intricate foliage patterns that have been generated by a computer script which mimics the growth pattern of the particular tree species. Distributed across the landsape is a constellation of small solar-powered LED light units embedded in the ground which evoke the qualities of a contemplative, remote night sky. The LEDs mark various points along the system of tunnels that used to connect former hospital buildings to the former nurses’ residence, as well as locations on the site plan where trees used to stand. The effect ties into and creatively expands upon these histories, operating on both factual and mythical levels, similar to that of astral constellations.
with Kate Armstrong & Marc Baumgartner