Growing up in the hills of Vermont, Kate Pond’s first sculptures were of cattle bones, clay or fallen branches found in the woods near home. She now works exclusively in steel. Her sculptures invite participation: with people, with sun, shadows and alignments at different seasons of the year. The position of the sun, moon and stars creates a structure, like a painter might use a rectangle as a frame of reference. Pond’s recent public work includes Come Light, Visit Me at Champlain College in Burlington, VT, and Wellspring at the Heller School at Brandeis University near Boston, MA.
I believe that stone is alive and that through a tactile and contemplative experience of the Scholar Rocks we come into contact with the core of the earth. Scholar Rocks calls on the restorative power of the natural world. When the Scholar Rocks are integrated with natural scenery they may help visitors interact with the elemental and curative forces of nature.
For Exposed 2011, I installed multiple salt licks outside to investigate how they are changed by the vagaries of weather, wind, temperature and the designated site’s inhabitants. My control of the material’s transformation is limited to its placement in different locations within the site. The blocks are not installed according to a specific pattern or order, but positioned in response to the different landscape features found.
The project, Public Ordinance Cups, extracts existing legislative language and re-contextualizes it by printing it on coffee-cups for free distribution. The only thing Lode is “selling” by printing coffee cups with text from city ordinances is the idea that we might be more aware of the laws that regulate our actions.