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Published on : Thursday, November 26, 2015
Inspired by the old Buttonwood trees native to South Florida, award-winning artist Wendy Wischer has created a site-specific installation tree for Miami International Airport titled Enclosed. The tree, with a reflective mirrored mylar surface, is seen in fragments within the enclosed cases of MIA’s Central Terminal Gallery, just past the Concourse E security checkpoint. The enclosed tree makes reference to a preserved specimen, while simultaneously acting as a cage as if to prevent further growth. Its branches span over 100 feet and graze the floor for support.
“Enclosed, juxtaposes the natural and urban worlds, asking us to consider questions of preservation and containment and how these collide,” said Yolanda Sanchez, Ph.D., Fine Arts and Cultural Affairs Director at MIA. “The use of reflective materials, together with the fragmented elements, merges us with the piece, and reminds us that it is only the light that remains and will endure.”
With the shifting landscape, due to ever-increasing development, growing numbers of rare and endangered trees are found across the planet. Even those trees not endangered have a limited life span, because they are not free to grow to their full potential. As a result, society will be left with traces, fragmented specimens and memories.
“Having lived in both rural and city settings has brought the natural and urban worlds together in my work,” said Wischer. “I am interested in boundaries – where they collide, where they overlap and where they continuously link forming threads throughout – both conceptually and visually with a specific focus on the gap between the visible and the invisible. I address boundaries of nature, technology, science, mythology, personal identity and universal connections.”
Born in Wisconsin in 1971, Wendy Wischer currently lives and works in Salt Lake City, Utah. She received a Masters of Fine Arts from Florida State University in 1995 and a Bachelor’s of Fine Arts from the University of Wisconsin Madison in 1993. Wischer creates work in a variety of media, from sculptural objects to installations, video and public works. Much of the artwork is based on blurring the separation between the intrinsic history of working with nature and the cutting edge of New Genre and New Media.
The Enclosed site-specific installation continues the primary mission of the Aviation Department’s Fine Arts and Cultural Affairs Division to humanize and enrich the airport environment through the commission of contemporary artwork and the presentation of exhibitions in various media that communicate culture, environment and art resources of an international scope.
MIA is committed to sustainable practices and to promoting its local, regional and national parks. In 2015, MIA and FPL Services (FPLS) launched the Sustainability Project, which is one of the largest energy-saving programs ever in the state of Florida and in the eastern U.S. Additionally, MIA recently hosted a celebration for the National Park Service’s Centennial Year that featured the unveiling of award-winning photographic artist Clyde Butcher’s Celebrating the 100th Anniversary of Our National Parks photography exhibition at the airport.
Source:- Miami International Airport