Scratching the Surface

Scratching the Surface is a participatory, public sculpture based on the domestic activity of yard work. Visitors are invited to use this kinetic, seesaw-like device to dig a small, shallow hole in the ground, but the action can only be accomplished if both sides work together. Through moving the piece, one feels the pleasure of cooperative activity and the frustrations of relying on another person. The ordinary act of digging becomes a poetic metaphor for creating productive, personal relationships.

  • Year: 2013
  • Size: 4′ x 8′ x 3′ variable
  • Materials: wood, metal, salvaged shovel blades, dirt

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