Block title

vines, non-native vines, native vines,

Description

This installation was part of the "Artists in dialogue with nature" outdoor invitational at Adkins Arboretum, installed in late spring/early summer 2016. The installation was constructed using mainly non-native grape vines cut from the surrounding forest. The vines were twisted together to form a long (approx 85'), snaking sculpture which followed the course of a swale which may have been a road at some point in time. In the construction of the installation, dead branches were blown off and dropped into the swale, these branches were dug into the ground and used to support the heavy mass of vines. The sculpture was deemed finished when the vines became too heavy to manipulate. The native vine passionflower (passiflora incarnata), was planted at the beginning of the swalevine. The installation brings up the subject of native and non-native species and their battle for dominance in the american ecosystem.