The Installation: "Elemental Sequence" at AmberGlen Park
AmberGlen Park, the former corporate campus greenspace on Hillsboro’s northeastern edge, just got a bit more exciting. Along with rolling hills, ponds, fountains and walking paths, the City of Hillsboro park is now home to Elemental Sequence, the latest public art installation by acclaimed artist Dann Nardi.
Inspired by the area’s rolling hills, winding waterways and towering trees, Elemental Sequence consists of a series of undulating vertical forms on either side of low, gently curving benches. Constructed from custom-tinted concrete, the piece evokes hills, trees and a winding stream under a dynamic sky.
Nine feet at its tallest, the installation is striking from a distance. “Almost Stonehenge-like,” according to Valarie Otani, Public Art Supervisor, who convened the committee of artists, residents and City staff members who chose Nardi for the commission.
Yet, Elemental Sequence is designed for up close viewing that creates a personal experience.
“Once you walk through the piece you get a sense of rhythm,” says Nardi, adding that he hopes viewers intuit form, line and symmetry from the negative spaces.
“It’s about dichotomies,” he says. “There’s a strong inside/outside component.” Nardi also points to the work’s ability to appear simultaneously intimate, connected and big.
Originally created for Rood Bridge Park, unsuitable soil conditions forced a relocation to AmberGlen Park. In its new spot, the work takes on a different meaning. Instead of blending and contrasting with a heavily-treed site, Elemental Sequence stands out. Placed at the top of existing stairs, the art welcomes visitors, encourages interaction and inspires exploration of one of the City’s newest parks in a growing area.
A grand unveiling, complete with original dance by New Vision Dance Company inspired by the work, is scheduled for Thursday, August 15, at 5:30 pm.