gardenblock is an outdoor corten steel sculpture-pavilion and my first public art work. Inspired by the UNT Community Garden space, the goal of gardenblock is to represent sustainability within culture and the arts, and to become a gathering space for interdisciplinary creativity.
gardenblock was fabricated, assembled, and installed in the Fall 2018 semester with the help, technical expertise, and capable skill-set of two studio assistants; Paolo Buccino and Zuyva Sevilla. Their dedicated support made this project possible in this timeframe.
The piece originated in the Fall 2017 semester after the UNT Community Garden called for proposals for artworks to be installed in the garden space. I wanted to make a sculpture that was experiential and spoke to the collaborative, community nature of the garden space. As part of the design process, I visited the garden several times and photographed the vegetation that was being cultivated in the plots during my visits. I was particularly inspired by all the little holes in the squash leaves that had been chewed away by insects. These lines and shapes spoke to a process of growth and decay; an inherently beautiful cycle. I developed patterns using the traced linework of the squash plants to pierce into plates of steel. This vegetal pattern has cut openings that allow viewers to go inside the structure and experience the space from within.
Once the project gained momentum, it received funding from both the UNT We Mean Green Fund and the CVAD Student Project Award Fund. A stipulation of this funding was to identify a new location, other than the Community Garden, to realize the work. My team and I decided on the site on the east lawn of the General Academic Building because it is sheltered by trees, receives a lot of campus foot traffic, and is aesthetically suited to the work.
My goal is for this work to act as a gathering place for artists, musicians, and creatives. gardenblock traverses the boundaries between fine art, design, horticulture, and sustainability.
- Kirsten Angerbauer
December 6th, 5p-8p
"full harvest" is an interdisciplinary showcase of the arts to celebrate the opening of Kirsten Angerbauer's "gardenblock". This exhibition will highlight thirty-nine artists, musicians, and performers who represent a diversity in medium, process, and creativity. see artist list left.
full harvest exhibition page