The Islands of the Rose Apple Tree Surrounded by the Oceans of the World for You, Oh My Darling

1987
Alice Aycock
Waterfilled cast concrete. 9' h. x radius 10.5'.

 

Rather than forcing the viewer to traverse the structure, as in Serra's sculpture, Alice Aycock emphasized a bird's eye view. Inspired by tantric drawings of the origin of the world, landscapes and various views of heaven and hell, she focused on the sacred mountain Meru which is at the center of the universe and which has many different plateaus and islands. She transformed a 2d metaphor into a 3d theatrical structure. The fountain with its flowing water sets up a dialogue between the natural and the artificial or fantastic world.

Both Pepper and Aycock are interested in archeology where nature and architecture mingle. Both make reference to Etruscan tombs. Pepper concentrates on the tomb's contents: how the slag of that culture's remnants can become a new material for tools. Decades later, she makes a vertical sculpture. Aycock notices how the Etruscans carved tombs, a type of architecture, out of the earth. She creates a work close to the ground, such as Islands of the Rose Apple Tree Surrounded by the Oceans of the World, For You, Oh My Darling (1987).

Funding provided by

1987 Sculpture Symposium funded by the National Endowment for the Arts, Washington State Arts Commission and private donations.

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