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April 1, 2019
Text: Annie Block
Siah Armajani’s Outdoor Installation “Bridge Over Tree” Is Presented by the Public Art Fund
If you happen to have been in Minneapolis in 1970, and have recently gone by Brooklyn Bridge Park in New York, you may be experiencing déjà vu. The latter is where Siah Armajani’s Bridge Over Tree currently stands. But it first, and only, appeared nearly 50 years ago at the Walker Art Center. Back then, Armajani, who is Iranian-born, conceived the sculpture amid the turmoil and activism of the Vietnam War—a similar political environment to today.
“Siting the work in this international city, between two highly recognizable bridges, gives it a new civic context,” the artist says. It also has a slightly new appearance. The original was constructed of grade 3 pine and plywood and spanned 87 feet. This iteration is Douglas fir and 91 feet. The outdoor installation presented by Public Art Fund coincides with the 75-piece retrospective “Siah Armajani: Follow This Line” at the Met Breuer. .