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"Turnaround/Surround (Galaxy, Art Blocks, Thrones)"

Ukeles, Mierle

Porter Square, Sculpture

91 Sherman Street

Cambridge, MA 02139

Location Description: Danehy Park, "Thrones" and "Galaxy" on the top of the hill, "Art Blocks" by the eastern parking lot

Date: 2001-2004

Materials: Concrete, Aluminum, Recycled EPDM Rubber Granules

Dimensions: Three pieces: 27 x 18 x 18; 50 X 8, 50 x 9; 20' x 20'

"Turnaround Surround" is a public artwork incorporated into the landscape of a 55-acre former dumpsite and landfill closed in 1972. The art includes a half-mile long glassphalt path that traverses the central mound in the park, providing access to the top and views of the Boston skyline. With 22 tons of crushed glass and mirror mixed into the asphalt, the use of glassphalt (for the first time in Massachusetts) suggests that there exist creative, sound solutions to environmental problems. The artist and the landscape architect also collaborated on a planting plan for the mound. The final phase of the art project will include sculptural disks made of rubber and will involve members of all the different cultures of the City in a creative interaction.

Mierle Laderman Ukeles is best known for public art dealing with waste and urban maintenance issues, including on-site installations and performances in New York City sanitation facilities. She is currently working on large-scale commissions for the Fresh Kills Landfill and Sanitation Garage in Staten Island, New York. Ukeles is the recipient of many grants and fellowships, including The Andy Warhol Foundation Grant, Guggenheim Fellowship, and numerous NEA grants. She has been awarded public art commissions most recently from the Taejon Science Town, Taejon, Republic of Korea; the Maine College of Art, Portland; and from the International Ladies Garment Workers Union.