To find a harmonic balance between human-construction and the organic growth of nature. The concept of the bridge came about as a way to symbolically unite two disparate entities. The “Bridge Across Generations” was a commissioned project for a community garden in Astoria, in the New York City Borough of Queens. This section of Astoria is an isolated part of the city. The Robert Kennedy Bridge (formerly the Triborough Bridge) looms over-head while Manhattan sits across the river. Subway trains are a distance away leaving this mixed income housing area with a lack of amenities and access. The flowering bridge was a symbol of connecting. It was supported with a grant from the Queens Council on the Arts and additional funds awarded by the Citizens Committee for New York City and was installed through the gardening season of 2009.
How is my work about shelter? Some of it could provide shade, some of it you could hide under. It is about surface. It is influenced from structures, cars, and things we use for convenience. It is about some other place. Shelter. Shelter from what? From global warming? From the winter cold? From fear? From terrorism?
But why must art answer to these world dilemmas?
It’s not nothing: no shelter, no solution to life’s problems. No true offer of concealment. No benefit of any measurable kind. Why on Earth make these weird things? If they are not to the benefit of humankind then why bother? The senselessness of odd objects. A madness of observable proportions. Cubits to feet to centimeters. And words are useless Period