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2010 – Entrance to a Garden
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Fusing sculpture and architecture
Entrance to a Garden
On Thursday, Sept. 23, trustees of the Public Art Endowment unveiled Entrance to a Garden, a sculpture by internationally recognized artist Dennis Oppenheim. This public event took place at 4:30 p.m. on the front lawn of the VF Jeanswear/Wrangler Building, 400 N. Elm St., Greensboro.
Entrance to a Garden is the latest contribution to the residents of the Greensboro area by the Public Art Endowment. The sculpture is a long-term installation for residents to enjoy and to serve as an example of the Endowment’s mission. Until it reaches its $2 million fundraising goal, the Endowment will offer the community long-term installations; once the fundraising goal is achieved, the Endowment will generate sufficient funds to provide residents of greater Greensboro with permanent pieces of public art.
Last year, the Public Art Endowment unveiled its first gift - a sculpture by Greensboro-based artist Billy Lee called Guardian II on the grounds of the Old Guilford County Courthouse. This permanent piece was possible because of a special donation through the Endowment by trustees Richard and Jane Levy of Greensboro.
Entrance to a Garden is a major addition to Greensboro’s artistic landscape. Commissioned by the City of New York, the sculpture measures 16 feet tall, by 10 feet wide, by 8 feet deep and is made of perforated steel. It previously has been exhibited in New York City, at Arizona State University in Tempe, Ariz., and most recently at Long House Reserve in East Hampton, N.Y.
“Using a representational/figurative image of a shirt as an architectural structure allows the fusion of images from fashion design in a landscape architecture context,” Oppenheim said.