Creation: Summer 2019
Medium: Cast concrete
Location: AmberGlen Park (north of the ponds)
20025 NW Gibbs Drive, Hillsboro, OR 97006
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.
The goal is for the work to be in harmony with its environment. It is ever changing; not only as viewers move around and within it, but also in tune with the ever changing light conditions, reflecting the natural progression of time through light and shadow.
Artist Dann Nardi worked in the park for over six weeks, assisted by a small crew of local workers, mixing and pouring batches of concrete into his custom forms.
Dann Nardi learned to sculpt by watching construction sites. A painter by training, Nardi was in the middle of a two-year, artist-in-residency program in
Mattoon, Illinois when his focus shifted. Inspired by the building process, how it shapes and creates forms, he set out to cast his own small-scale objects using wood, Styrofoam and plaster. But what really intrigued him was concrete.
Some 40 years later, the renowned artist continues to work with concrete, forming the everyday material into small, freestanding pieces, wall sculptures, and 15 large-scale, public art installations. After winning the commission to create Elemental Sequence, Nardi traveled to Hillsboro for inspiration. Based out of Normal, Illinois, this was his first time in Oregon and the artist was immediately enchanted by the light, the proximity to water and most importantly the trees.
Back at his studio, Nardi built the over 200 wood and Plexiglas forms needed to cast Elemental Sequence. He shipped the completed forms out to Hillsboro, secured a small team of helpers, and spent the summer mixing, tinting, and building the piece on site.
Artist Website: dannnardi.com