This spring, a unique type of tree will take root on the Excessive Line, the New York public park constructed on an elevated former industrial rail line on the West Aspect of Manhattan. The work commissioned by Excessive Line Artwork, Previous Tree, a 25ft-tall pink and crimson sculpture by Swiss artist Pamela Rosenkranz, will stay on view by September of 2024.
Rosenkranz will lend her daring and atmospheric sense of color to the Excessive Line’s Plinth area, a outstanding web site for monumental up to date sculptures situated over the intersection of Tenth Avenue and West thirtieth Avenue. Previous Tree is the third Excessive Line Plinth fee to this point, following Simone Leigh’s bronze sculpture, Brick Home, in 2019, and Sam Durant’s massive fiberglass set up, Untitled (drone), in 2021. Artworks on the Plinth are chosen from globally solicited artist proposals and rotated each 18 months.
The arresting Previous Tree, an eerie, synthetically-rendered nod to the interconnectedness of nature and humanity, evokes visible references starting from the Norse mythological “Yggdrasil”, or tree of life, to the human circulatory system. Plans are in place to activate the set up with public programming on the themes of anthropology and botany.
Rosenkranz, whose work has been featured at venues together with the Centre Pompidou in Paris and the Institute of Modern Artwork in Los Angeles, creates sculptures, movies, work and installations interrogating the anthropocenic focus of human notion. Intense, fabricated color options closely in her oeuvre, and the sanguine Previous Tree proves no exception. In an Instagram publish saying the venture, Rosenkranz characterised the sculpture as “a reminiscence that makes us overlook”, alluding to the precarious way forward for flora on an more and more hostile planet.
The set up of Previous Tree will precede the opening of the Moynihan-Excessive Line Connector, a brand new footbridge that can join the Excessive Line and elevated plazas on the adjoining Hudson Yards megadevelopment with the close by Moynihan Prepare Corridor.