David Wood: Double Heliotrope: A Conversation between Earth and Water
May 30 - October 31 2011
Cheekwood features a new sculpture project by earth artist David Wood. Wood, who is also a professor of philosophy and art at Vanderbilt University, creates outdoor sculpture in the tradition of Robert Smithson, Andy Goldsworthy, and Chris Drury. His Cheekwood installation is part of an ongoing Heliotrope series: horizontal radial wooden sculptures that engage materially, visually, and symbolically with the significance and power of the sun. At Cheekwood, the artist will be installing two pieces, Awakening and Reflection, one on land and the other on water. Awakening has a long modernist poem inscribed on it; Reflection will sport reflective mylar circles and nocturnal illumination. The Cheekwood project will be Wood’s first double installation in which two pieces are thought of as in conversation, creating a mirror effect. The “echoes” that these pieces create resonate with Cheekwood’s Carell Woodland Sculpture Trail, as one of Wood’s pieces will be in proximity to sculptures by James Turrell and Ian Hamilton Finlay.