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basics #27

Submitted by Matthias Neumann

Client: Olbrich Botanical Garden

Location: Madison, WI, United States

Completion date: 2018

Artwork budget: $6,000

Project Team


Matthias Neumann


Public Art Agent

Melissa Jeanne

Olbrich Botanical Garden

Industry Resource

Ben Olds



“Basics #27” 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.


“Basics #27” was commissioned by Olbrich Botanical Garden, Madison, Wisconsin, as a contribution to GLEAM, a 3 month exhibition in the botanical gardens. “Basics #27” follows the formal language and spatial intention of the work series, but was conceived in response to the particular site within the Botanical Garden.


The work was assembled and installed on site by the artist in two days, constructed out of 2x4 construction lumber. De-installation and re-cycling of the wood for reuse was handled by the staff of Olbrich Botanical Gardens.