Anthony Heinz May is an emerging New York City artist originally from Oregon, who now has public exhibits of his work throughout the country. He overlaps ideas and contexts of the city as they meet and approach cycles found in nature. “Nature’s Keystone” is a site-specific installation of sculpture using a hemlock tree that fell in a windstorm two weeks before Anthony arrived to work onsite. We originally had a different smaller installation in a different location here in mind, and then his creative juices flowed upon envisioning the possibilities that nature, the Sculpture Forest’s approach to art, and this specific down tree provided for him as a large scale palette while onsite. Nature’s Keystone is reflective of relationships between nature, humans, and technology. The tree has been pixelated and digitized, reminding us to experience nature directly and not just through digital devices. All of the connected blocks that are energetically crashing from the two sides of the main trunk were re-constructed back in the same order that they came from the original whole tree.
ANTHONY HEINZ MAY
ABOUT THE SCULPTURE
As a site-specific installation of sculpture using a hemlock tree that fell in the Sculpture Forest, Nature’s Keystone is reflective of relationships between nature, humans, and technology. It is a segue of overarching connections between these entities. This work presents itself in the original place where a tree fell from winds sustained during a powerful storm. Through gridding and reattachment of natural woody material taken directly from the original tree trunk, the presentation of nature appears confused or compromised by digitization and physical pixelation of its natural form.