Throwback Thursday to a 1993 piece, Maple Cascade

Maple Cascade is an early work of mine created in Poland when I was attending a working symposium called Construction in Process. Participants came from over the world to create new forms and attend this bohemian gathering. My contribution to this art project was made out of three typical maple branches that grew first one way, then another way, and back, a pattern which I found pleasing and focused on in this piece. 

In those days, shortly after the fall of the Berlin Wall, wonderful spaces were easy to find in Lodz, Poland, with all the empty and deteriorating factories, warehouses, and large, broken down manors.

This sculpture’s impact was magnified by its environment, as site-specific installations should be. The curving staircase made a sharp contrast with the pell-mell arrangement of the maple branches. The work was rough cut with a chainsaw, and then finished with an axe.

Maple Cascade, 1993, 14 feet long, 14 feet long, 12 feet long, maple wood. Featured in “Construction in Process IV – My Home is Your Home” outside Grohman Palace, Lodz, Poland in 1993. Photograph by Leszek Czolnowski.

Maple Cascade, 1993, 14 feet long, 14 feet long, 12 feet long, maple wood. Featured in “Construction in Process IV – My Home is Your Home” outside Grohman Palace, Lodz, Poland in 1993. Photograph by Leszek Czolnowski.