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Tea House, 2012

In collaboration with architect Brian Ripel
Plastic stirrers, aluminum tubing, reclaimed timber, tea cups, tea
8 ft 10 in h x 15 ft 7 in w x 19 ft 3 in d
Installation at Rappaport Roof Terrace
Commissioned by the deCordova Sculpture Park and Museum, Lincoln, MA


Tea House is an outdoor pavilion fashioned from hundreds of thousands of red plastic drink stirrers, which provided shade and a place of retreat for visitors while museum staff and docents served hot tea in tea cups. When visitors finished their drinks, they strung their tea bags on the stirrers to dry. While referencing the local history of the site (the Museum’s founder was a tea merchant), the work engages the community to reflect on intangible experience of retreat.

 

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