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Pool Complex: Orchard Valley

By Mary Miss
Category: Miscellaneous


In Pool Complex: Orchard Valley, Mary Miss includes existing historical artifacts in her contemporary site-specific sculpture. She converted the grounds of an abandoned 1929 pool into a newly-built and landscaped environment. Once the site of the Hedenkamp family’s Orchard Valley Estate, Miss brings the past into a new social context. The artist highlights the ruins of the estate while we explore her pavilions, platforms and staircases that surround the pool. With the renewal of this dormant structure, and the purposefully evident aging of her own site work, Miss brings attention to the context of history and the continuum of time.

Courtesy of Laumeier Sculpture Park.

Year Completed: 1985
Material: Wolmanized pine, concrete, stone, galvanized ferrous metal
Owner: Laumeier Sculpture Park commission

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