Roberley Bell: The Landscape Stares Back

May 6 - November 6, 2022

The Landscape Stares Back occupies a small green space near the museum. The brilliant color of the benches invites you forward to take a seat, to experience space as you have not before. A desired path to the benches will develop over the coming months—leaving a trace, acknowledging the passing of time.

The classical urn as a folly has been a staple of garden design for centuries. Urns have served as solemn ornaments of reverence, taste, and refinement. Here, boldly hued urns tossed on their sides become a playful homage to this classical tradition.

I use haikus as a form of remembering a place and my sensory perceptions at a given time. On a midwinter’s day, visiting this site for the first time, I wrote:

colors of the sky 
storm breaks revealing the pink
landscape stares back

— Roberley Bell

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