"Hommage to White"

by Bernard Perroud

 installation for Trail Markers II: What Desert?
September 28 & 29, 2003 Lower Arroyo Park, Pasadena, California

Sketch: Hommage to White by Bernard Perroud

When I first visited the Park I got hit by the light (enhanced by the almost white dirt) and by the heat (I live in Venice and we never get close to that temperature level!) I felt the strong need of a shelter from the sun. My piece was intended to offer that shelter together with a visual statement about my experience. And what more reverential gesture in a parched landscape than the water I set to reflect the white slab!

Heat, dryness and sunlight call forth strong, immediate associations with the color (or absence of color) white. The erected white slab, with its face directed toward the South, reflects the sunlight. Its blinding presence, together with its reflection in the pool, can be meditated upon from the relative shelter of the tent if one chooses to do so.

The piece consists of two parts:

1/ An erected slab ( 82" x 30" ) of particle board painted white planted in the ground at an angle of 70°. To the front of it a shallow water pool surrounded by the slab (to the North of it) and by two rows of vertical reeds leaving an opening towards the shelter.

2/ A shelter ( 12.5' x 5.5' x 7' ) made of bamboo and a green 30% opaque textile material. Its South, East and West sides are closed and a roof is at a height of 7 feet.

This Event was Supported by
grants from The California Arts Council, The California Community Foundation, The County of Los Angeles Arts Commission, The National Endowment for the Arts, The City of Pasadena Arts Division and The Pasadena Art Alliance, and its many members.

Special Thanks to
The City of Pasadena Parks and Natural Resources Division

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Artist's statement
Moisture 1  2002 - Hinkley, California
Art in Nature Event 2001 -  The Arts Center at Kingdom Falls, OAH
Reflections on Art in Nature - published in Nouvel Objet
FundsXpress Sculpture - Corporate Client
Flying Woman animation

For custom-designed sculptures, art in nature projects, price lists of completed sculptures,
or to send you comments (welcomed!), e-mail Bernard Perroud atperroudburns@earthlink.net

This page last updated on July 12 2003.
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