Agnes Denes, The Living Pyramid, 2015. Wood, soil, planted grasses , and flowers, 30 x 30 x 30 ft.

Agnes Denes

New York

Socrates Sculpture Park

The Living Pyramid, recently installed at Socrates Sculpture Park, marked Agnes Denes’s first major New York environmental statement in art since 1982, when she constructed the fabled Wheatfield—A Confron­­tation, a two-acre site of wheat growing only two blocks from Wall Street. This time, her motif was not so directly adversarial. The Living Pyramid was dedicated to David Rockefeller on the occasion of his 100th birthday for his interest in art and the environment; it looks like Denes has made her peace with the captains of industry. Sited close to the water at the edge of the park, the pyramid connected with the East River, and the northern tip of Roosevelt Island could be glimpsed beyond the work. So The Living Pyramid referenced both local geography and the relatively early beginnings of Denes’s career as an ecological artist.…see the entire review in the print version of March’s Sculpture magazine.