This monumental installation features Orly Genger's renowned usage of 1.4 million feet of hand-knotted nautical rope covered in paint to create bright, undulating walls in three primary colors that will wind through the lawn, pathways, and hillside.
Red, Yellow and Blue features Genger's renowned usage of hand-knotted, paint-covered nautical rope, configured in bright, undulating walls in three primary colors that wind through deCordova's 30-acre lawn, pathways, and hillsides. The work is comprised of 1.4 million feet of rope collected from the Eastern seaboard and 3,500 gallons of paint, weighing in at over 100,000 pounds. Red, Yellow and Blue will be re-shaped and re-sculpted from its MSPC installation to adapt to the contours of deCordova's variable landscape. The miles of layered rope will redefine the topography of the Sculpture Park, bring aspects of the New England coastline to Lincoln, and create interactive environments that invite visitors to experience the landscape anew.
Genger's piece alludes to works of modernist icons, such as Barnett Newman's 1960s painting series Who's Afraid of Red, Yellow and Blue?, and Richard Serra's massive, site-specific sculptural installations. However, unlike that of her male predecessors, Genger's process involves the acknowledgement of collective labor. According to Genger, "I wanted to create a work that would impress in scale but still engage rather than intimidate. The tradition of knitting caries the sharing of stories and the installation draws on that idea."