Inspired by Wausau’s logging and paper industry roots, acclaimed sculptor Steven Siegel leads a volunteer corps to construct a serpentine wall in the Woodson Art Museum’s sculpture garden, May 15-27.
Siegel’s work raises questions about the environmental impact of what humans produce, consume, and leave behind and what can be done with discarded materials. Siegel creates public art in natural and urban environments, generally using recycled materials, and is driven by a desire to create beauty from the detritus that human beings leave in their wake.
The sculpture, supported by a wooden frame, will comprise – literally – tons of staked paper. The project will require individuals with carpentry skills, and teens and adults to unbundle and fold paper as well as to carry, stack, and stake paper. To sign up to volunteer for this community project, call the Museum at 715-845-7010.
Siegel is interested in how his biodegradable sculptures visually impact their surroundings and how they change over time. As the repurposed paper wall at the Woodson Art Museum weathers, it will take on an organic texture similar to the bark of a tree. Eventually, the sculpture’s surface will resemble an exposed hillside comprising layers of ancient rock.
The New York-based artist creates public art in natural and urban environments. His exhibition “Steven Siegel: Biography,” on view at Marlborough Chelsea in New York City earlier this year, received considerable media attention and critical acclaim.
Siegel has used recycled paper for previous public sculpture installations in North America, Europe, and Asia and will draw upon his extensive experience in designing and executing his Wausau project.
Last fall, he visited Wausau to view the Woodson Art Museum’s grounds, meet with curator Andy McGivern, and discuss details for the spring 2011 residency.
Throughout his two-week residency, Siegel guides and works alongside a volunteer corps, gives a presentation to adults, and interacts with youngsters and teens during Little Masters, Young Artists, and Teen Art Council programs.
Press release courtesy of the Woodson Art Museum.