In early June 2010 I asked Jed Morse the curator at The Nasher Sculpture Center in Dallas, where my installation (with Nader Tehrani) Boolean Valley was residing in a fountain in the sculpture garden (http://www.atwaterpottery.com/boolean_valley.html ) if he knew anyone at The Kimbell who he could introduce me to so that I could propose a project to them. He asked me what the idea was, and after explaining it to him, he made a very nice introduction / endorsement to Malcolm Warner the Deputy Director of The Kimbell. I emailed Malcolm a brief proposal, the meat of which is copied here …
“…I would love to get into the hole, extract some raw materials to make some artifacts that memorialize this moment in time, when Louis Kahn and Renzo Piano come face to face in dialogue. The presence of Ando in the background as a concerned spectator is also of great interest to me. I don’t have any preconceived notion of what the resulting pots would look like, but hope that in some meaningful, yet abstract way, they will articulate or suggest that they came from the ground below this culturally monumental triumvirate…in 2010…”
NOTE: The project and the way that I talk about it now has become more interesting and concise, and at the same time, bigger and more confusing.
Malcolm responded immediately saying that he needed time to digest the idea and discuss it with the museum’s director, Eric Lee, and he would get back to me as soon as possible. I heard back from him in early September, and after a nice phone call, I got the green light. Ground breaking was scheduled for the following month, October, so I made a quick trip down in late September to meet Malcolm, walk the site, and review the construction documents, especially the geological report, to see what I could expect to find in the ground once they started digging.
Here are a few pictures of Boolean Valley installed at The Nasher Sculpture Center in Dallas, which is a fantastic museum, and was my gateway to Texas.