Tuesday, January 11, 2011

Site lines

Some highlights of the Stuart Collection of site-specific sculptures at UCSD. Robert Irwin's "Two Running Violet V Forms" (1983), whose translucent blue dances with the colorless color of the eucalyptus. (I didn't notice the blue UCSD bus when taking this picture!)

Nam June Paik, "Something Pacific" (1986):
television as part of the American landscape.

John Baldessari's entrance to Geisel Library, "Read/Write/Think/Dream" (2001): as students go in and out of a vestibule (with giant images of students, pencils, palm trees and surf), glass doors in primary colors slide back and forth (a little like the tide) to make more colors.

Alexis Smith, "Snake Path" (1992) leads up to Geisel Library;
from here, the library looks like a rattlesnake's rattle.

Bruce Nauman, "Vices and Virtues" (1988) wrap around this building. FAITH/LUST starts a series (alternating lights at night) which continues with HOPE/ENVY, CHARITY/SLOTH, PRUDENCE/PRIDE, JUSTICE/AVARICE, TEMPERANCE/GLUTTONY, and FORTITUDE/ANGER.

And coming later this year, atop a building facing the Nauman,the latest installation of Do Ho Suh's "Fallen Star."

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