"Neukom Vivarium" (2006)

"Neukom Vivarium," 2006
Mixed-media installation, greenhouse structure: 80 feet long. Installation view: Olympic Sculpture Park, Seattle. Gift of Sally and William Neukom, American Express Company, Seattle Garden Club, Mark Torrance Foundation, and Committee of 33, T2004.101
Courtesy the Seattle Art Museum

"The tree is essentially an optimistic organism, giving life through its death, but it is also an organism that is out of context. It’s nostalgic for its original site. It’s a memento mori, an appreciation of decay as a process, and a tool for discourse. And that’s really how I imagine it, because it isn’t a natural system. It is really a garden we’re making. It’s a garden that emphasizes a particular natural process."

- Mark Dion