|Biography from Stuart Collection:|
|Richard Fleischner began to work environmentally in the 1970s; for him
elements of nature could themselves serve as sculptural media.
Fleischner has used hay, sod, grass, and wooden structures to project
universal architectural forms into the ephemera and a variety of
natural settings. The maze, the corridor, and the rudimentary shelter
have been important sources for Fleischner, but he also draws
inspiration from his knowledge of historical monumental sites. These
range from Egyptian pyramids to Greek temples, where the play of
architectural elements is the essence of a place.|
Fleischner's La Jolla Project, completed in 1984 and the third work in
the Stuart Collection, is located on the Revelle College lawn south of
Galbraith Hall. Seventy-one blocks of pink and gray granite are
arranged in configurations that refer to architectural vocabulary:
posts, lintels, columns, arches, windows, doorways, and thresholds.
Like players on a field or game pieces (Fleischner made a series of
small gamelike sculptures in the late sixties), these elements
transform an ordinary, nearly flat lawn into a space with allusions
ranging from an ancient ruin to the contemporary construction site.
Fleischner's work is always determined by the topography of a site, its
spatial relationships, and the distinctive ways people move through and
around it. What is most important for him is to interpret and
essentialize a place by using minimal means to delineate natural lines
and boundaries, while establishing an interplay of horizontal and
vertical elements. There is no single way to experience La Jolla
Project - it generates a complex set of spatial and historical
relationships which invigorate and give meaning to the formerly
undefined area it occupies.
Fleischner has used stone configurations as part of extensive
installations in a number of urban sites - a courtyard at the Dallas
Museum of Fine Art, a transit station in Cambridge, Massachusetts, and
in expansive plazas at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology,
Sacramento, and Philadelphia. The stones for La Jolla Project were
quarried in New England and cut near Providence, Rhode Island, where
the artist lives.
Folklore: -- the La Jolla Project is more commonly known on campus as
"Stonehenge." It is a popular place for students to go to talk or study.
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