Newly commissioned for The Contemporary Austin’s lakeside art-in-nature park, Canopy Tower is a large-scale inverted tower carved and assembled from Ipe wood. Inspired by the wind moving through the trees, the installation invites the viewer to duck inside and experience its sheltering form.
Opening on February 14, 2015, Canopy Tower is Seattle-based artist John Grade’s first project in Texas. Grade’s monumental, site-specific installations absorb and mirror patterns found in nature while engaging organic elements and environmental conditions of flux and disintegration.
The Contemporary is hosting a few events this weekend to commemorate the arrival of the piece:
Art Walk with John Grade
Join artist John Grade for a walk through the trees to discover Canopy Tower. Hear how natural patterns, conditions, and materials inspired this monumental sculpture.
Feb 14, 2P. Meet in the Driscoll Villa, Laguna Gloria.
Second Saturdays Are for Families: Tabletop Biospheres
This month’s art-making workshop explores how nature affects art. Build a miniature underwater ecosystem and watch how your submerged art changes over time. Drop in and create!
Feb 14, 11A-3P. Check in inside the Driscoll Villa, Laguna Gloria. Workshop in Art School Studio 3.
IMAGE: John Grade, Rendering for Canopy Tower, 2014. Graphite on paper. Courtesy the artist and Cynthia Reeves.