The Four Elements
Luncheon on the Grass, by Daniel Bouthot and Christopher Ho
An ancient formula, found in Greek philosophy and medieval alchemy, was given a new spin by 20 artists who created site specific work using diverse materials, including living grass, gathered wood, poured pigment, molded rubber, electrical devices, and cast cement.
As Boston’s first and finest examples of landscape design, Forest Hills offers a romantic reworking of nature into a refined vision of paradise. Earth, air, water and fire (light) are all essential ingredients of this landscape, shaped by terraced overlooks, curving paths, sophisticated horticulture, and an ornamental lake. The theme of the four elements -- itself an attempt to simplify and control the complexity of matter and energy -- was selected as a way to illuminate the constructed nature of this lush urban green space. Artists were invited to explore the way that human culture reshapes the physical world in pursuit of beauty, order or meaning.
Jury: Elisabeth Alsheimer, Wanas Foundation; Nick Capasso, Curator, DeCordova Museum and Sculpture Park; James Hull, artist, activist and curator; Julie Moir Messervy, landscape designer.