I was convinced I’d blogged about Maya Lin’s earth form sculptures before, but, after scrolling through search results on my own blog, I guess not. Well, today is the day since we rented a car and drove up to Storm King this weekend and the highlight was cresting a hill and seeing the Maya Lin sculpture “Storm King Wavefield”. Alex had been tired and whiny as we hiked across the sculpture park – he was obsessed with taking the tram instead of walking – while I wanted no part of the tram, since it was packed like a subway car with people and the whole point of a trip to Storm King is getting away from people! Alex and I were actually bickering about the use of the word “dumb” while we climbed the hill – and suddenly we came to the top of the hill and KAPOW there was this vista with this sculpture dominating the landscape – natural (made of earth and grass) and unnatural (symmetrical and ocean-like ) all at the same time. Alex persisted in his cranky for a while and I was so overcome by the sculpture that I managed to leave my phone on the grass and had to return (cutting thorough some Williamsburg Hipsters making an art film) to find it. However – this is the great part – by the time we walked down the hill, saw the Andy Goldsworthy on the other side of the pond, and found my phone – our mood had totally shifted for the better. We managed to walk the whole way back to the parking lot in good spirits, searching for good rocks and goofing around. I read Holland Cotter’s review of the sculpture from 2009 and here’s one paragraph that stuck with me:
Seen from a slight elevation, it complements its hilly setting but interrupts it. (There is, after all, something a little freakish about these slinky, reptilian swellings in the ground.) Because the work does both, it sharpens your eye to existing harmonies and asymmetries otherwise overlooked.
Cotter articulated the thing I liked best about the sculpture – that somehow the dissonance between the natural and unnatural did “sharpen my eye” and as we walked through Andy Goldsworthy’s Running Wall (located nearby) all three of us noticed details and textures of the trees, the rocks, the sky that we hadn’t been seeing the rest of the day.