A120 Stacked Pyramid, a 1973 sculpture by artist Jackie Ferrara (American, b. 1929), has been on view in several locations on campus since 1998. Constructed of 435 pressure treated wood boards stacked in a pyramid, the sculpture was in need of conservation. Pressure-treated wood in the outdoors has a life expectancy of 20 to 30 years, and this artwork had been weathering the elements for nearly 40 years, at both Storm King Art Center in Newburgh, NY and Dag Hammarskjöld Plaza in Manhattan before the artist donated it to the Neuberger Museum of Art in 1998.
Fortunately for this artwork and thanks to generous funding by an anonymous donor, the Neuberger Museum of Art is beginning to revitalize its public sculpture program. Its goal—to create a campus environment where visitors have the opportunity to experience sculpture in natural surroundings—expands the scope of the Museum's mission to create an educational, cultural, intellectual, and collegial environment for Purchase College and the community at large.
The plan includes redesigning the overall installation and presentation, conserving and relocating sculpture presently on campus, rotating the collection, seeking new loans, acquiring new artworks, and installing rewritten and newly designed didactic labels.
Since the early 1970s, Ferrara has explored relationships between sculpture and architecture in her wood constructions, which have evolved from indoor pieces to increasingly large-scale outdoor works. "I considerStacked Pyramid one of my most significant works," she said via email.
In collaboration with the artist, Museum staff rebuilt the sculpture with all new pressure-treated 4x6 inch boards in late October. Ferrara is extremely pleased with the final result.
Click here to see the pyramid rise.