Kinetic flowers grow out of a deteriorated landscape in an otherworldly installation by Casey Curran



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March 26, 2021

Grace Ebert

in the Parable of gravity, Artist Casey Curran ((before) gathers a vast garden of delicate kinetic flowers amid a vast expanse of decay. The vast landscape that can be seen near Seattle MadArt Until April 17th, Curran’s vibrant plant will be positioned on 20 towers made of wooden scaffolding that line the gallery space. The tallest structures, covered with a thick layer of mud, are eight feet high at the outer edge of the installation, where a human-like figure appears to float in the air. The anonymous body is covered in flowers made from laser-cut polyester drawing paper and powered by cranks and small motors.

A modeled hollow aluminum asteroid hangs through the maze of garden lots at the other end of the room 951 GaspraThe first rocky mass people were able to observe in detail thanks to an observation by the Galileo spacecraft in 1991. The imposing sculpture entitled “Anchor of Janus” refers to both the Roman god and the intricate motifs of the Gothic cathedrals and offers a foreboding, catastrophic lens to the otherwise burgeoning garden.

In a statement, Curran explains the confluence of manufactured and organic topics:

This mythological, architectural and astronomical convergence takes into account not only the scientific and spiritual aspects of our connection to the natural world, but also our cultural heritage and the way in which past technological advances affect our lives and experiences to this day. In addition, the reference to Janus recognizes the dual nature of human progress, with all the positive and negative effects it brings.

Watch the video above to see the installation take shape and keep following Curran Instagram and Vimeo to keep up to date with his latest projects.

Complete installation view: “Kinetic Towers” and “Anchor from Janus ” Dur-Alar, MDF, aluminum, dirt, paper and glue. Photo by James Harnois. All images © Casey Curran, shared with permission

“We spoke this way to remember.” Photo by Adrian Garcia Rodriguez

Detail from “Anchor of Janus”. Photo by James Harnois

Complete installation view: “Kinetic Towers” ​​and “Anchor of Janus”, Dur-Alar, MDF, aluminum, dirt, paper and glue. Photo by James Harnois

Detail of “We spoke this way to remember”

“Kinetic Towers” and “We spoke this way to remember.” Photo by James Harnois

Photo by James Harnois

Visitors walk through the kinetic towers. Photo by Adrian Garcia Rodriguez

Curran installs “We Spoke Like This to Remember”

#kinetic sculpture

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