Topiary - A Twenty Year Project
The aluminum sculptures of Topiary of the Prospect Park Zoo (Brooklyn, NY) are surrounded by plantings of boxwood, which will grow to fill the sculptures over the course of 20 years. The gradual change will allow children as they visit and revisit the zoo to see the sculptures grow-up with them through the years. The piece redesigned the south entrance of the zoo with two serpentine paths intertwining around the topiary and guiding visitors into the zoo from the nearby subway station. Two of the sculptures span across these paths, energizing the space and creating dramatic gateways. The scale of the sculptures both lends a presence to the creatures that they represent and reinforces the sense wonder that people feel at the zoo.
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