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SUMMER OUTDOOR SCULPTURE TOUR

OUTDOOR SCULPTURE TOUR

Rodney Graham
White Oak Trunk Unearthed During the Construction of the Common, 1991

Vancouver artist Rodney Graham was invited to take part in Crossroads, an exhibition of site-specific sculpture on the York University campus durning the fall of 1991. Each of the works appropriate to a particular setting selected by the artist, examined the public nature of art and its interaction with the natural and constructed environments of the campus.

Graham was attracted to the University's location on what was once Ontario farmland. His project, White Oak Trunk Unearthed During the Construction of the Common, signifies man's disturbance of the perfection of nature. The oak trunk, a found "sculpture" displayed as a museum relic, appears divorced from its natural environment, yet acts kind of memento mori when confronting the sterility of its new surroundings.

Ideally, Graham would like to see the work enclosed in a large display case in situ on the campus. The maquette and drawing for the proposed project are displayed in the Vari Hall rotunda. White Oak Trunk Unearthed During the Construction of the Common was on temporary loan to the University from the artist.

Canadian, b. 1949
white oak trunk, concrete, iron post
2.90 x 7.32 x 3.96

SCULPTURE NO LONGER ON DISPLAY

 

   
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