For New Growth, Percoco will integrate eight images of trees from local yellow pages advertisements into the real landscape on Randall’s Island Park. She envisions these as two-dimensional shapes, between 4’-7’ tall and 3’-4’ wide, installed along the Island’s southern end. The fake trees will provide similar benefits to Park visitors as real trees do: shade and aesthetic appeal. However, the use of chemically-treated wood for a sculpture of a tree is clearly ironic, using a similar conceptual mechanism as Magritte’s famous Treachery of Images, but adding another layer: the identity of the material. This project will call attention to the artifice of parks as some of the only “natural” settings one encounters in a city. As Robert Smithson wrote, “The authentic artist cannot turn his back on the contradictions that inhabit our landscape.”
One of the things that's lost when seeing art via the internet is being able to see tiny details and the texture of the object. These details are one of my favorite things about my FLOW piece. In the more detailed images, the way the graphics were converted to vectors is really cool -- the image gets broken up into shapes of solid colors. In most of the trees, you can see the grain of the plywood through the translucent paint or ink.
These photos are by Tsubasa Berg.