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Title
Grow or Die
Artist
Sarah Sze
Date
2002
Dimensions
each of three 24 × 24 × 24 inches
Materials
mixed media
Location
On view at the Walker Art Center

Object Details

Type
Sculpture
Accession Number
2002.7.1-.3
Physical Description
commission for the Cowles conservatory

object label Sarah Sze, Grow or Die (2002) , 2002

New York-based artist Sarah Sze creates site-specific installations from colorful domestic materials such as clothespins, plastic flowers, packing crates, aluminum stepladders, gum, and breakfast cereal. While artist-in-residence at the Walker in May 2002, she created an installation set beneath the floor in the Minneapolis Sculpture Garden’s Cowles Conservatory. Three viewing windows offer a glimpse of a vast and magical subterranean landscape populated by fake plants, found objects, and laboratory beakers spiraling downward. Animated by artificial lighting and fans, the underground tableaux allow viewers, in Sze’s words, to “discover a site similar to the way an archaeologist uncovers layers of objects, monuments, and foundations.”