The Topiary Park in Columbus

The Topiary Park in Columbus

The Topiary Park in Columbus is a three-dimensional version of Georges Seurat’s famous painting A Sunday Afternoon on the Isle of La Grande Jatte. It includes 54 human figures, eight boats, three dogs, a monkey and a cat, all made of yew.

According to sculptor James T. Mason, who created this topiary installation:

The Topiary Park is a landscape of a painting of a landscape. … If an artist can paint a picture of a landscape — art mimicking nature — then why not a sculptor creating a landscape of a work of art — nature mimicking art? The topiary garden is both a work of art and a work of nature. It plays upon the relationships between nature, art and life.

How’s that for meta?

The Topiary Park in Columbus

The Topiary Park in Columbus

The Topiary Park in Columbus

The Topiary Park in Columbus

The Topiary Park in Columbus

The Topiary Park in Columbus

The Topiary Park in Columbus

The Topiary Park in Columbus

As with a Pointillist painting, the forms make more sense from a distance than they do up close. You can walk into and through this representation of the painting but, the closer you get, the more you feel as though you’re surrounded by simple blobs.

I think my favorite aspect of this installation is that it’s not quite done, so that you can see the armatures on which the yew grows and is shaped.

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