April 15, 2016 Staff Report
A blooming, buzzing “earthwork” sculpture will grow at Socrates Sculpture Park this summer.
“Concave Room for Bees” is a piece by artist Meg Webster that will consist of flowers, herbs, and shrubs – and the bees they attract – stretching across a circle 70-feet in diameter.
Visitors will be encouraged to walk into the work to experience “a multisensory mix of botanical aromas, insect hums, dewy air and vibrantly colored flora,” according to Socrates Sculpture Park.
The earthwork will be created from 300 cubic yards of fertile soil. The soil will be spread over the landscape after the exhibition to address “the park’s urgent need for nutrient rich topsoil,” Socrates states.
“Concave Room for Bees” is the anchor of Socrates Sculpture Park’s LANDMARK series, which will bring together work from several artists to “transform the land both physically and symbolically.”
Other pieces will include a salvaged piano harp turned into a beehive that makes music as the bees fly around it, and an urban forest that has been in progress since 2014.
LANDMARK marks Socrates Sculpture Park’s 30 anniversary. The series will be on view May 8 to August 28.
Meg Webster is a great artist – looking forward to seeing this piece. It’s also great to have a space for earthworks like this, especially when they call attention to habitat loss and urban/environmental interface.