Materials: 60 Pallets, 700 Screws, 5 days, 4 plants and rope. June, 2013.
Climbing Wall is an interactive, time based, and monumental sculpture.
The work invites people and plants to traverse it’s faces by journeying to the top in order to achieve the best position. The climber’s journey should result in a unique experience from the environment. Scaling up the art and towards solitude, Climbing Wall pushes the climber in the same way that the vine plants are pushed, in order to expand on their boundaries.
The interior staircase of the climbing wall, which also allows an alternative passage to the top of the wall, gives the ‘Wall it’s structural integrity. The work is built from pallets which are a long lasting, repurposeable material. The materials for Climbing Wall have been chosen due to their ease of acquisition and durability because the work is one of duration; over time the work should be taken over by plant growth, increasing the difficulty and experience of the climbers.
San Sperate is a small town filled with public art and among those works is an abundance of art which depict the local landscape and geology, in one form or another…works made of, works representing and that which iconicizes stone/rocks/geology/history/landscape. Climbing Wall does not directly seek to present an image of the landscape but instead it stands in defiance of it while, at the same time, paying homage to this practice of depicting it.
Typically an artificial climbing wall seeks to be a representation of a geological entity, both in function and image, where climber’s seek to improve/test their skills when they cannot get to the real thing. Climbing Wall (the sculpture/installation) in the same way, tries to represent the artificial climbing wall with the result of creating a representation of a representation of the geology, which seems so important to/in the local practices of producing art.
Climbing Wall also uses it’s function and structure to create a vertical garden; planted in the interior staircase are grape and jasmine vines which come through the slats of the exterior wall and cling to the sides of the structure. Much in the same way the climber of the wall seeks to gain the best possible position relative to the landscape, so do the plants.
Climbing Wall has been generously supported by the following organization: