basics #25

Submitted by Matthias Neumann

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Client: City of Pasadena

Location: Pasadena, CA, United States

Completion date: 2018

Artwork budget: $12,500

Project Team

Artist

Matthias Neumann

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Other

Curtis Noel

City of Pasadena

Overview

“Basics #25” is part of an ongoing series of public interventions under the title “Basics”, exploring an abstracted notion of form, space and utility in public sculpture. The work wants to be experienced both as an abstract sculptural gesture in dialogue with its environment and as a usable and interactive spatial installation in the public realm. Initially conceived as part of a larger museum installation at the National Museum of Contemporary Art in Bucharest, Romania, the series has since had a substantial number of iterations throughout the US.

Goals

“Basics #25” was commissioned by the City of Pasadena, as part of their public art program. “Basics #25” follows the formal language and spatial intention of the work series, but was conceived in response to the particular site at an intersection within the city of Pasadena. It marks the site appropriately in scale in response to the various view angles along a busy street. “Basics #25” is a temporary installation for the duration of 3 years.

Process

The work was pre-assembled off site by a local collaborator, Curtis Noel, and installed in 8 pieces on site by the city of Pasadena under the direction of the artist in one day, constructed out of 2x4 construction lumber.