You may think you’ve seen everything The Hyde has to offer, but did you know about the colorful campsite being set up on the museum’s front lawn? Titled “Camp Iris,” the brand new, one-of-a-kind art installation is inspired by the local area, and visitors can explore the “camp” from May 28 – Labor Day.
Photo courtesy of The Hyde Collection
The site-specific installation consists of three A-frame structures with transparent, colored acrylic walls. Each structure is about eight feet high, and they are held in place by cedar frames. Artist Victoria Palermo intends for the installation to be a dynamic visual experience. Visitors can walk through the three structures and see new shapes on the surrounding walls as their colors mix and change.
Alternatively, visitors can choose to recline on a carpeted platform in each A-frame structure to get a different perspective.
The installation’s name, “Camp Iris,” was inspired by the Greek goddess of the rainbow, Iris. The name not only reflects the installation’s colors, but it fits in with The Hyde’s mythological-themed exhibits.
“Camp Iris’s” A-frame structures will probably remind visitors of A-frame houses and their roofs, and there’s a good reason for that. Palermo was inspired by the A-frame houses throughout the Adirondacks to create the tent-like design. “The forms of Camp Iris refer to the architecture of the recreational getaways in the Adirondack forests…,” Palermo said in The Hyde’s press release.
Furthermore, the idea for an interactive installation on the museum’s lawn was based on The Hyde’s history. Indeed, in the past, the museum’s gardens and grounds were used as a social space for families and community activities. The word “camp” in “Camp Iris” brings to mind the sense of community at a summer camp or campsite. In that sense, the interactive piece is meant to be shared and open for visitors to explore.
This type of environmental installation is also inspired by the large-scale installations created by artists Christo and Jeanne-Claude. “Much of my admiration for the life work of Christo and Jeanne-Claude…stems from their large-scale vision and fearless determination to realize the projects,” Palermo said in The Hyde’s press release. Currently, an exhibition on Christo and Jeanne-Claude’s work is featured at The Hyde.
The installation will be on display from May 28 – Labor Day. On August 4, Palermo will give a lecture entitled “Shelter from the Storm: Interactions with Contemporary Sculpture.” The lecture will be at 7:00PM in The Hyde’s Froehlich Auditorium.
The Hyde Collection is open Tuesday through Saturday, from 10:00AM – 5:00PM, and Sunday, from 12:00PM – 5:00PM. Member admission is free, general admission is $15, and children 12 & under are free.
This is a one-of-a-kind interactive experience, so check out “Camp Iris” for yourself!
- The Hyde Collection – Camp Iris: Site-Specific Work by Victoria Palermo