The Dream of Simultaneous Connection
Using architectural references to create environmental art, Ned Smyth’s images, objects and spaces focus on the interplay between landscape and art. His monumental forms draw upon symbols in history, culture, psychology and physics to explore interconnections between man, woman, society and nature. Steel, stucco, stone, concrete, glass and goldleaf mosaic have been used to create a fantasy environment. Three independent facades suggest the silhouette of a dismantled house with white outlines of various images decorating each wall. At first glance, one is greeted by a profile of a woman’s face, resting her head on the grass. Her expression is calm, as if daydreaming. Adjacent is a figure backflipping into space, an astronaut, an owl in flight, a man in a suit lifting an enormous hoop and a girl in a bathing suit balancing on a ball. Four black columns stand to the right pointing toward a rotunda containing a large mystical sphere brilliantly covered in gold tile.
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