Green Air, Contemporary Art Museum of Saint Louis

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Green Air, Contemporary Art Museum of Saint Louis

Kinetic Living Sculpture in Missouri, USA – design by Nomad Studio

22 Aug 2016

Green Air installation at Contemporary Art Museum of Saint Louis

Design: Nomad Studio, landscape architecture

Contemporary Art Museum of Saint Louis. Summer 2016

Green Air, a kinetic living sculpture

Designed by landscape architecture firm Nomad Studio, Green Air is the second installation of a play in two acts at the Contemporary Art Museum of Saint Louis. Green Air is a sculptural aerial garden that creates a dialogue in form, material, time, and space with the previous intervention, Green Varnish.

Conceived as a living, kinetic sculpture nested within the courtyard of the Contemporary Art Museum of Saint Louis, Green Air proposes an immersive space, a hanging garden that floats above a tapestry of ever changing shadows.

Green Air installation at Contemporary Art Museum of Saint Louis
photograph : Alise O’Brien Photography

Green Air is the second act of a broad exploration that started in 2015 with Green Varnish, a monumental green fabric composed of thousands of succulent plants that symbolically covered all the inconvenient facts of our lifestyle. The installation was carefully deconstructed last fall and its components were reutilized to build Green Air, creating a continuity and dialogue between the two pieces and the people who experience them.

For the second act, the space was modeled as the inverse of Green Varnish, both in form and intention. What was a solid piece anchored to the ground plane, is now a dispersed fluid volume suspended from an elevated plane. What was hidden is now exposed, hovering overhead, inviting us for an urgent reflection upon the contrast between the dynamic and static in natural and man-made systems.

Green Air installation Contemporary Art Museum of Saint Louis
photo : David Johnson

Green Air is a space in and of itself, a systematic yet delicate arrangement of Tillandsias, hanging from thousands of slices of repurposed wood, suspended from the courtyard’s steel canopy, moving as a supraorganism. The installation has a powerful transformational impact on the courtyard at the heart of the Museum, as the sculpture hangs above the heads of visitors, swaying organically in the breeze, and sketching linear shadows on the courtyard’s ground plane.

About Nomad Studio

Nomad Studio, founded in 2009 by William E. Roberts and Laura Santín, is an internationally awarded design office based in New York with a focus in landscape architecture.
Committed to innovative landscape architecture, planning, art, and urban design, Nomad coordinates an international network of professionals who work together to create unique and memorable experiences that foster a connection between the user and the landscape.

Green Air – Installation Information

Location: Contemporary Art Museum of Saint Louis (CAM), MO, USA

Landscape Architects: Nomad Studio

Consultants: LIA Engineering

Installation Team
Jessi Cerutti & Caleb Hauck.
Molly Brennan, David Burnett, Key Chen, Ryan Doyle, Zac Farmer, Joshua Gann, Matthew Hannon, Emily Keefauver, Eric Kobal, Marianne Laury, Chris Lucas, Eric Repice, Adrienne Sandusky, Bret Schneider, Margot Shafran, Laura Schatzman, Jonathan Watt, Jamie Wiechens, Bin Yang, Eileen Zhang.
Maintenance Team: St. Louis Master Gardeners.
Credits: All graphics courtesy of Nomad Studio and credited to their photographers, including a copyright in front of their names.

More information:
Nomad Studio
1329 Willoughby Ave. Suite 212. Brooklyn, NY 11237
www.thenomadstudio.net

About the Contemporary Art Museum St. Louis

The Contemporary Art Museum St. Louis (CAM) presents, supports, and celebrates the art of our time. It is the premier museum in St. Louis dedicated to contemporary art. Focused on a dynamic array of changing exhibitions, CAM provides a thought-provoking program that reflects and contributes to the global cultural landscape. Through the diverse perspectives offered in its exhibitions, public programs, and educational initiatives, CAM actively engages a range of audiences to challenge their perceptions. It is a site for discovery, a gathering place in which to experience and enjoy contemporary visual culture.

3750 Washington Blvd / St. Louis, MO 63108 / 314.535.4660 / camstl.org
Facebook: /contemporaryartmuseumstl
Twitter: @ContemporarySTL
Hours: 11-6 Wed / 11-9 Thu & Fri / 10-5 Sat & Sun

Green Air, Contemporary Art Museum of Saint Louis images / information from Nomad Studio


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