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Tree Logic Right-side Up

By Joseph Thompson
Director, MASS MoCA

Last Sunday our family took a picnic hike up Stone Hill to check out progress on Tadao Ando’s work at the Clark, and on the way up we visited Natalie Jeremijenko’s first-generation Tree Logic.

Joe's Trees

By first generation, I mean five of the first six Blaze Maples that Natalie drafted into service for the upside-down bio-sculpture that marks the entrance to MASS MoCA’s front door.  The “girls” are doing just fine, by the way, fully budded and regal.  (John Carli of our staff declared them to be girls, not me, but he has earned full rights to impart whatever gender he wants, since he’s tended the trees over these past 15 years).  It’s interesting:  with each passing year there is less and less evidence of Gen 1’s initial existence as experimental indices – the resultant vectors of the gravitropic force of an earth from which they were liberated and the phototropic force of a sun to which they yearned.  That’s my daughter, Izzy, enduring a phototropic effect all her own.

As we looped around Stone Hill, and onto the pastures above The Clark, this exciting view opened up.

Joe Clark

As you can just make out looking through the screen of bare trees, a stack of three trapezoidal reflecting pools/skating rinks have recently been lined with a bright white material:  The geometric shapes are commanding in scale, and central to the overall Ando design, which is in many ways more about landscape, and the framing of views, than about buildings.  The Clark was brave and correct to have retained the pools within the project scope, when I’m sure there were many opportunities along the way to lose them in the name of value engineering.

Walking past the construction site, it occurred to me that our friends at the Clark are probably a bit nervous with the number of heavy vehicles still lingering on their site this spring, but it is always amazing how much work gets done in two months … especially landscaping, which comes together fast, and at the last minute.

This great project is transformative in so many ways, important to all the Berkshires, but especially to those of us within its immediate orbit. I suggest a walk on Stone Hill before the greening of the trees to take it in:  The ambition and etched precision of the project become immediately clear from a high southerly vantage point.  And see if you can find the Tree Logic Gen 1 on the way up.  That’s Trainer and Jennifer with Izzy.

Posted May 1, 2014 by MASS MoCA
Filed under BLOG, North Adams, Staff, Tree Logic
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Revamped Hardware brings MASS MoCA home for the holidays!

It’s never too early to start thinking about holiday shopping. MASS MoCA’s online Hardware store can help. The site now features a much wider selection of products, including past and present exhibition catalogs and new MoCA gear which is not available anywhere else.

Dedicated MASS MoCA fans might see a few familiar faces as employees and interns model apparel. Retail Manager Phyllis Criddle says, “All the photos of MoCA employees have such wonderful life and character- it wouldn’t look nearly as good if we had used professional models!” We couldn’t agree more; Derek and Marissa look great in MASS MoCA and Michael Oatman t-shirts, respectively.

 

Hardware has something for everyone on your list and even a few things for your own holiday wish list. Criddle shares her favorite items below.

Upside Down Grass Kit:  Grow your own version of Natalie Jeremijenko’s iconic Tree Logic.

The Fresh Egg Cookbook: Written by local author, chicken keeper, and Director of Development Jennifer Trainer Thompson.

Sol LeWitt Yarmulke: Designed by Sol LeWitt for his temple, Beth Shalom Rodfe Zedek, in Chester, Conneticut. Just in time for the holidays!

Speaking of the holidays, Hardware will extend an additional discount to MoCA members on Black Friday 11/23/12. Members will receive 20% off instead of their usual 10%.

Posted November 2, 2012 by MASS MoCA
Filed under BLOG, Design, Exhibitions, Hardware, Interns, LeWitt, MASS MoCA by Design, Staff, Tree Logic
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Artist Natalie Jeremijenko stopped by the museum a few days ago to install a bird watching/tracking camera near her upside-down tree installation Tree Logic.

Any predictions on what she will see? We’ll keep you posted if Natalie shares any info she gets from the camera!

Cheers,
Brittany

Posted August 7, 2010 by Brittany Bishop
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What might have inspired this?

skyPlanter

This new product from an Australian designer just came across our desk.  Its called the Sky Planter and its by Patrick Morris. The website touts the Sky Planter’s ability to save water, floor space, and your plants, but we already knew the benefits of upside down plants here at MASS MoCA.  We’re checking our records to see if Mr. Morris has ever been a visitor….

Jeremijenko-1

Posted August 25, 2009 by MASS MoCA
Filed under BLOG, Design, Exhibitions, Tree Logic
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