ACMI Identifier
B1000122
Title
Wintergarden
Creator & Role
Mary Lucier, creator
Earl Howard, music
Earl Howard, sound
Gregg Featherman, editor
Lower Manhattan Cultural Council, producer
Rhys Graham, research manager
Place of Production
United States
Creation Date
1984
Language
English
Description
This two-channel, six-monitor installation, merges lucid imagery with sculptural form, in an exploration of pastoral and urban landscapes, nature and culture. Originally produced for New York's Chase Manhattan Plaza, this work contrasts serene natural images from a highly cultivated Japanese garden with the hard-edged architectural landscape of Manhattan. Lucier finds formal parallels to the sensual flowers and calm pools in the cool, silvery reflections of the steel and glass skyscrapers. The dichotomy between natural and urban landscape is mirrored in Earl Howard's haunting score, which shifts from the ringing of wind chimes to the magnified ambient sounds of the city street.
Audience Classification
G
Form
Digital Art
Subject Group
Crafts & Visual Arts/Nature (Aesthetics)