Renwick Reopens with WONDER

After a 2-year renovation, the Renwick Gallery recently reopened with WONDER.

This exhibition serves as a perfect springboard for the imagination to take flight. It’s also the ideal canvas where landscape architects and civil engineers work together to create space using numerous materials and techniques including the following:

  • Landforms
  • Walls
  • Fences
  • Plant materials
  • Paving designs

A multi-disciplinary design firm should always be seeking inspiration along many paths. The highlighted artists use various rather common-place materials in wondrous and highly crafted ways to immerse the audience in amazing spaces. Meander through and be inspired to use the tools of our trade in new ways!

Phase I of the exhibit closed 5/8/16. The second and final phase shuts down 7/10/16. In the meantime, take a look at some of the work on display…

 Patrick Dougherty works with local volunteers and materials to create woven environments (usually) in parks and gardens.

Patrick Dougherty works with local volunteers and materials to create woven environments (usually) in parks and gardens.

Leo Villareal uses programmed LED displays in site-specific installations.

Leo Villareal uses programmed LED displays in site-specific installations.

Janet Echelman uses fabrics and lights to create immense sculptures – typically hovering over parks or bodies of water; her Phoenix work is the only large-scale outdoor piece I’ve seen in person. Check out her TED talk.

Janet Echelman uses fabrics and lights to create immense sculptures–typically hovering over parks or bodies of water. Her Phoenix work is the only large-scale outdoor piece I’ve seen in person.

Chakaia Booker recycles rubber tires into massive pieces and environments.

Chakaia Booker recycles rubber tires into massive pieces and environments.

Jennifer Angus uses natural elements (particularly bugs) to design patterns and spaces.

Jennifer Angus uses natural elements (particularly bugs) to design patterns and spaces.

Gabriel Dawe creates space with large-scale weavings to amazing effect.

Gabriel Dawe creates space with large-scale weavings to amazing effect.

Tara Donovan transforms regular materials into new creations usually at a scale larger than would be expected from the minute components (in this case, plastic index cards).

Tara Donovan transforms regular materials into new creations usually at a scale larger than would be expected from the minute components (in this case, plastic index cards).

John Grade’s work is hard to describe because it’s so variable… Let’s say it’s all about large-scale installations, usually site-specific, sometimes ephemeral, always fantastically detailed and crafted.

John Grade’s work is hard to describe because it’s so variable… Let’s say it’s all about large-scale installations, usually site-specific, sometimes ephemeral, always fantastically detailed and crafted.

Maya Lin is well known for her Vietnam Veterans’ Memorial, but I know she’s been on a map kick for a while. This time, she created a map of the Chesapeake out of marbles that “rolls” along the floor and up the walls.

Maya Lin is well known for her Vietnam Veterans’ Memorial, but I know she’s been on a map kick for a while. This time, she created a map of the Chesapeake out of marbles that “rolls” along the floor and up the walls.

Intrigued? If you can’t make the exhibit, check out the artists’ amazing Web sites: