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For her Nasher Public installation along the Katy Trail, Sara Cardona considers how her colorful, pendulous forms connect the Indigenous practice of seed pots to the everyday action of finding renewal in nature.
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For her Nasher Public commission on the Katy Trail, Sara Cardona considered the essence and history of the Trail as a site of transit, transport, and transition. Entitled Seeding the Path, the five sculptures suspended from the trees over the Katy Trail between Cambrick Street and Fitzhugh Avenue feature vibrant colors and dynamic geometric patterns, the latter recalling seed pots from the ancient Mimbres and contemporary Acoma cultures native to the Southwest, ceramic vessels which were used to secure and transport seeds and represent the potential for renewal. The forms also resemble enlarged versions of these indigenous ceramics, as well as Akari lanterns, a traditional Japanese form enlivened in the mid-20th century by modernist sculptor Isamu Noguchi (an American artist of Japanese ancestry who lived 1904–1988). Cardona connected the spirit of the seed pots and Akari lanterns, which means “light” as well as “lightness of being,” with the sense of renewal contemporary users of the Katy Trail seek through exercise or connection with nature.
Nasher Public is a public art initiative which aims to generate access to public art by North Texas artists at the Nasher Sculpture Center and throughout the greater Dallas community.
Nasher Public: Sara Cardona was commissioned in partnership between the Nasher Sculpture Center and Katy Trail.
Filmed and edited by Christian Vasquez