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The possibility of everything curated by Dominique Fontaine

Gap Ecology, 2014

Suitable for all ages

Gap Ecology (Still Lives with Cherry Pickers and Palms), 2014

David Brooks - New York City, U.S.A.


David Brooks is inspired by a phenomenon of the Amazonian forest – the consequences of canopy gap formation. His work Gap Ecology (Still Lives with Cherry Pickers and Palms) translates into our urban jungle the results of a newly formed gap: colonized by species fruiting and flowering, attracting bands of animal life to their bursts of growth - a veritable bacchanalia.

His sculptural installation consists of seven "cherry pickers" or aerial boom lifts that take the form of a herd. Paralleling the rainforest cycle, the passenger baskets of each boom lift are filled to the brim with palm trees - enacting in their own bacchanalia above the streets of Toronto. Bisecting Queen Street, an urban landscape that has undergone obvious infrastructural development, Gap Ecology acts as a beacon to passersby of the ongoing change and evolution in their built and natural environment. In the current context, the installation instigates a timely reflection on economic and environmental issues.

David Brooks is a New York based artist that has exhibited nationally and internationally at the Miami Art Museum; MoMA/PS1, New York; Dallas Contemporary; Nouveau Musée National de Monaco; Sculpture Center, NYC; Galerie für Landschaftskunst, Hamburg; the deCordova Museum, MA and the Visual Arts Center, Austin. In 2011-12 Brooks opened Desert Rooftops in Times Square, a 5,000 sq. ft. earthwork commissioned by Art Production Fund. Other major commissions include the Cass Sculpture Foundation, UK and Storm King Art Center, NY.


John Street & Queen Street West

This project is outdoors.