Artist: Eric Zamuco
Archways are usually used to memorialize but in this case this green arch of snake trees plays an indexical role, a tree form that is deliberately bent out of shape, alluding to how informal settlers stick out or remain out of place even where they live. Evocative too of the impulse to regulate the innate, the irony is that even this gesture of contouring, which took half a day and summoned major problem solving skills from a boom lift operator, will still surrender to nature eventually. Way Out literally stretched both Zamuco’s usually obsessively calculated work parameters and strained engineering crew protocols. Is there a way out? Or is finding a way up from the ground already some measure of escape from the dictates of propriety and possibility?