After his vibrantly pink "Lunar Garden," Daniel Arsham's work in color continues with the assembling of a large Japanese Zen garden located in Rio De Janeiro, Brazil, that overlooks the landscape of the city, and its famous Sugar Loaf mountain.
Dubbed "Blue Garden," the installation is a blend of sand, stone, wood, concrete and plants, in addition to modern petrified artifacts replacing the traditional stones as an element of decoration to embody the contrast between ancient and modern.
Award-winning Brazilian curator Marcello Dantas explains, "With cultural distancing, Daniel Srsham observes the Karesansui, the Buddhist art of the Japanese zen gardens. He proposes to project into the future an archaeological site about our present time, in which different layers of knowledge and contamination overlap."
He continues, "Where the stones should be, we find everyday objects. Petrified, functioning as a kind of geological expression, in dialogue with the monumentality of the geological expression of Pão de Açúcar — solemn, straight ahead, creating the strange equilibrium of this garden."
By balancing on the line between architecture and art, Arsham reconstructs environments with elements that blend and confuse our idea of space, time and form.
If you're in the area, “Blue Garden” is currently on display at Flamengo Park in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.
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