For some reason I imagined that Socrates Sculpture Park would be a small park filled with Greek sculptures and fancy fountains. I was wrong. It's actually a spacious park with large contemporary works that emphasize the ideals of sustainability and supporting the earth's ecosystem.
Jess Wilcox, the director of exhibitions, introduced us to their current exhibition, LANDMARK. According to the park, LANDMARK is “a series of artist commissions and projects that transforms the land both physically and symbolically.” She highlighted that since the museum`s audience is mainly local, they try to exhibit works that physically change through time to keep the locals engaged. The show works with the earth and its ecosystems, while changing its form.
Two works that particularly fascinated me were Meg Webster`s Concave Room for Bees and Jessica Segall‘s Fugue in B♭. Concave Room for Bees is a circular earthwork made out of soil that creates an enclosed space. On top of the soil are a variety of organized plants and flowers that are all pollinizers. This then connects to Fugue in B♭, which is a recycled piano from the piano factory that used to be near the park.
Visitors can see the insides of piano and honey bees flying inside making a beehive that conquers the piano`s strings as time passes. These bees often visit Concave Room for Bees to collect nectar. Ultimately, the bees are the connectors and the facilitators in the communication between the two works of art. When creating shows, curators always strive to create conversations and connections between the works of art and Socrates Sculpture Park definitely accomplished that here. I admired how this exhibition includes works with a purpose that support each other and the ecosystem while giving the visitors a constantly transforming show.