Temporary Site
Newburgh, NY
Question: how to build a landscape when everything rots?

In Newburgh, a city cycling through growth and abandonment, we suggest Derrida’s biodegradable as landscape typology: not a return to dust but the ability to be re-absorbed; a foundation becomes a field becomes a theater becomes a foundation. "A Temporary Site" digests and reconstructs an erased domestic architecture - front stoop, basement, bay window, gardens. The installation uses salvaged materials and a monoculture of yellow-blooming mustard to reanimate the footprints of demolished structures as a seasonal icon.

2016 - ongoing

Steel structure, reclaimed sandstone stairs,  raised planter bed with corrugated aluminum retaining wall, geotextile, mustard plant monoculture.

Commissioned by Artist-In-Vacancy, an initiative organized by Diana Mangaser and Newburgh Community Land Bank to reanimate vacant and abandoned properties in the city; "A Temporary Site" was realized with collaborative support from Atlas Industries and Millie Roy.

Together with Ian Quate / Other Fields