Urban Structure, 2016
May 3, 2016 – May 31, 2016
Cast and Formed
An outdoor, site-specific sculpture entitled “Urban Structure” is an abstract, geometric sculpture that has been fitted to the organic shape of an existing boulder. Constructed of plywood in the shape of a polyhedron, the sculpture fits the exact contours of a rock outcropping in Marcus Garvey Park. The structure is a minimal sculpture that emerges organically out of the boulder, similar to crystalline growth.
“Urban Structure” references the ways in which the natural elements within urban landscapes are altered by the encroaching architecture. As cities expand and we construct taller buildings, nature is literally overshadowed by negligent design. To have a vibrant neighborhood, a blend of rejuvenating nature, along with uplifting intelligent urban design, should be a core value in maintaining a healthy community.
“Urban Structure” honors nature by shaping itself around the existing environment; rather than removing or destroying the boulder, it meticulously forms itself to the unique shape of the rock. This models how harmony between man and nature can be achieved. With a controversial 30-story residential building as its backdrop, the sculpture is designed to co-exist with nature and architecture, fusing the two with thoughtful design. “Urban Structure” underlines the idea that we can choose to build upon our environment in harmony with nature, and in so doing, create uplifting and inspiring public spaces within an urban milieu.
This work is part of the Cast and Formed exhibition, courtesy of ODETTA gallery.
Kurt Steger’s sculptures and architectural constructions address the interdependent relationship between man and his environment. His interest in psychology, shamanism, and the healing properties of nature are present throughout his work. Steger’s work includes an environmental indoor sculpture for the City Hall in Sacramento, California (2005), a public commission to create the traffic circle in Grass Valley, California (2009), and in 2011 he led a healing ceremony at the Smithsonian Institute in Washington D.C., honoring the 10 year anniversary of the 9/11 bombings. Steger lives and works in Brooklyn, New York.