Roxy Paine in conversation with Tom Eccles

Roxy Paine in conversation with Tom Eccles

Monday, April 27, 2015 5pm - 7pm rain or shine
Philadelphia Museum of Art, Van Pelt Auditorium (26th and the Parkway)

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Internationally acclaimed artist Roxy Paine discussed his work and his sculpture Symbiosis with Tom Eccles, Executive Director of the Center for Curatorial Studies at Bard College and former Director of the Public Art Fund in New York City.

Association for Public Art (aPA) 143rd Annual Meeting

Monday, April 27, 2015, 5:00PM


Philadelphia Museum of Art Van Pelt Auditorium 26th and the Parkway
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Symbiosis by Roxy Paine
Photo James Ewing Photography © 2014 for the Association for Public Art

Currently on display on the Benjamin Franklin Parkway, Symbiosis (2011, installed 2014) is a masterwork by internationally acclaimed artist Roxy Paine that explores the tension between chaos and order in natural laws. More than three and a half tons and rising 34-feet in height, Symbiosis was hand-fabricated from standard industrial piping that was welded, formed, and polished to create two create two shimmering, interrelated organic forms that both buttress and weigh on one another. The monumental sculpture represents the collision of two “Dendroids” that result in stasis, a questionable relationship that teeters between support and detriment and references the darker side of natural law. The structures represent search, growth, and the branching of systems that suggest dormant energy and potential.

ROXY PAINE is an internationally acclaimed artist whose work interrogates reality and artifice. In May 2014, the aPA brought his sculpture Symbiosis to the Benjamin Franklin Parkway in cooperation with Philadelphia Parks & Recreation. The sculpture is part of Paine’s “Dendroid” series of stainless steel tree-like structures evoking the tension and fusion of organic and industrial elements and forms. Symbiosis was installed courtesy of the artist and Marianne Boesky Gallery.

TOM ECCLES is the Executive Director of the Center for Curatorial Studies at Bard College in Annandale-on_hudson, NY and was the Director of the Public Art Fund in New York City from 1996-2005. Eccles has organized numerous exhibitions and projects around the world. The New York Times has referred to him as a “provocateur,” whose blend of “impudence, ebullience and inventiveness” has made him a significant thinker and curator.


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by Roxy Paine (b. 1966)

Benjamin Franklin Parkway, 24th Street and Pennsylvania Avenue (Iroquois Park)

Hand-fabricated from thousands of pieces of stainless steel pipe, plate, and rods, Symbiosis is part of Roxy Paine’s “Dendroid” series.

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