Dwelling is funded in part by a grant from the National Endowment for the Arts. Additional funding provided by the Boston Foundation for Architecture and individual donors.
and Sarah Walker
Stainless steel, vines
have planted the seeds for a lush green living room. Over
the course of the exhibition, fast-growing vines will cover a simple wire
mesh structure, creating walls of foliage. A curving pathway leads to
the entrance; a picture window frames a view of the pathway, flanked by
grand family lots, continuing into the landscape beyond; and an open roof
invites connection with the sky.
Reversing the typical manner in which the earth is depressed when asked
to provide a final resting place for the deceased, we have asked the earth
to rise upwards to embrace the living. Living Room is a space for
the living to inhabit. Vines grow up to form walls that define a small
space in which a visitor can linger and dwell. The shape and scale of
this interior space is informed by the many stone chambers found throughout
Forest Hills Cemetery.
The visitor is afforded two views: the framed cemetery landscape beyond
and the open sky above. This allows a visual connection to both the tangible
and the intangible resting places of the dead, and allows for reflection
on the physical and spiritual notions of one's "final resting place."
We thank the following companies for their generous in-kind support: Parterre
Garden Services for plant installation and maintenance, and Jakob, Inc.
and Atlantic Stainless for supplies
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