douglas KORNFELD

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Can't see the Trees for the .... - 70' x 70' x 8' - Steel and aluminum.

The stark nature of this sculpture installation and its layout contrast the pastoral quality of the park and the natural form of the majestic oak tree it surrounds. The multiple generic symbols direct attention to the unique nature of the individual tree they surround. The relentless repetition of the grid contrasts the singularity of the tree it encloses. As visitors stroll through this grove of signs they will look up and find their view obstructed by a forest of generic tree symbols that portray a flat monochromatic parody. Signs and symbols, whose purpose is to direct and inform, are obstructing and obfuscating what they depict.

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"Can't see the Trees for the...." - 1997 - Deering Oaks Park, Portland, ME

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