June 02, 2015
Now on view
The museum roof is the latest venue for a new temporary installation by artist Chad Taylor, who has created a conceptual forest of larch trees, fireweed and other species viewable from the museum’s fourth floor Chugach Gallery. His work, titled State of Fluctuation, is inspired by the transitory nature of the Circumpolar North’s boreal forest and is constructed of wood timbers, water-preserved larch trees, paint, and rubber.
“I have always been interested in plants that exist in harsh climates,” says Taylor. “Larch trees are one of the predominant species of the boreal forest, and fireweed is a pioneer species that often thrives in newly burned areas. The rooftop installation is an abstraction of such a landscape and questions the future conditions of the boreal forest.”