Urban Garden, 2011

Urban Garden featured the work of internationally acclaimed artists, Tom Otterness, John Ruppert and James Surls, and was curated by deCordova Sculpture Park and Museum with generous support from Boston Properties and Atlantic Wharf. It was featured in the Fort Point Channel Parks for 18 months, ending in October 2012.

A prevailing theme in contemporary outdoor sculpture is the relationship between nature and culture. Urban Garden brings together three sculptures based on botanical forms, in a wide variety of materials and styles. Together, they suggest a fantastic garden, to both contrast with the surrounding cityscape and complement the park’s plantings and landscape design. This temporary exhibition of public art is meant to be enjoyed by a wide range of audiences and visitors. - Nick Capasso, Deputy Director of Curatorial Affairs, deCordova Sculpture Park and Museum

James Surls
Walking Flower Times the Power of Five, 2010 

powder coated steel
14' 6" x 14' 6" x 5' 7"
lent by the artist

James Surls, b. 1943, currently lives and works in Colorado. His sculptural aesthetic was formed in response to the scrubby landscape of east Texas, where he was born and lived for many years. His work combines his observations of nature and the human figure with expressive stylizations of plant forms. He creates public art in both wood and bronze. 

John Ruppert
Pumpkin Series, 1996

cast aluminum, cast iron
four objects, each 29” x 43” x 42"
lent by the artist

John Ruppert, b. 1951, is based in Baltimore, and teaches sculpture at the University of Maryland at College Park. His work in metal often references the natural world. His Gourds were made from identical casts of a 700 pound squash in the process of decay. 

Tom Otterness 
Tree of Knowledge, 1997

bronze, edition of 6
108" x 42" x 24" 
lent by the Artist, Courtesy of Marlborough Gallery, New York, NY

Tom Otterness is one of America’s premier public artists. His stylized bronze figures explore the range of human experience. Otterness lives and works in New York. His work is in the collections of the Museum of Modern Art (NY), Whitney Museum of Art (NY), Carnegie Museum of Art (Pittsburgh), and others. 

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Urban Garden, 2011