Peter Rose: Witness

Embodying Thoreau

Embodying Thoreau (2005, video) documents and celebrates three works of public art that have been installed in Pennypack Park in Philadelphia. The projects, designed by sculptor Ed Levine, were commissioned by the Fairmount Park Art Association and drew on the writings and thoughts of Henry David Thoreau. My ambition was to identify the poetics of Levineís spaces and to translate them into cinema, making a video that would serve as a demonstration of the power of public art to provoke and enlighten. The video examines the philosophical, material, visual, and semantic character of the project, employs Thoreauís language in inventive ways, and uses interesting visual strategies for talking about the issues of inside and outside, form and function, seeing and being that animate the work

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