reengineering a colossal living sculpture
Glenstone Split-Rocker adapts the living systems of Jeff Koons’s Split-Rocker for permanent installation at Glenstone Museum, a contemporary art museum in Potomac, Maryland. A green roof and green wall all in one, the colossal planted sculpture’s planting scheme, growing medium, irrigation and drainage systems are redesigned to mitigate the stresses that result from unconventional growing conditions and the challenges of the mid-Atlantic climate.
The towering sculpture is composed of tens of thousands of flowering plants, the piece depicts two halves of toy rockers—one dinosaur (“dino”) and one pony—which fuse together as a single form. These profiles are an imperfect match and their incongruity is highlighted by a distinctive polished steel “split” that joins the contrasting yet complementary sides: dino is rendered in magenta, orange, and yellow, while pony blooms in purple, fuchsia, and white.
For a closer look, schedule a visit to Glenstone.