Conceptual Artist Sol LeWitt proposed the site-specific artwork Lines in Four Directions in Flowers to the Fairmount Park Art Association in 1981. That was long ago that the Fairmount Park Art Association is now the Association for Public Art and LeWitt did not live to see the work realized. But the Philadelphia Museum of Art recently adopted LeWitt’s design, and installed it at Reilly Memorial near the musuem’s sculpture garden. See the time-lapse video above to watch the installation process, start to finish.
LeWitt’s monumental landscape work is comprised of four rectangular fields of flowering plants in white, yellow, red, and blue placed in precise, directional rows, surrounded by a low boxwood hedge. There are more than 7,000 plants, which were selected to bloom spring to fall in continual displays of color.
Susan Weiler, a partner at OLIN, helped the museum install the work with an assist from Michael Van Valkenburgh Associatses and Groundswell Design Group, which will maintain the installation for its two-year duration.
In today’s Inquirer, Stephan Salisbury describes how this landscape artwork came to life so long after conception, opening to the public on Thursday.