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Kaki Martin


Plexiglas and topographical map


Artist's Statement
As a landscape designer, there are times when I focus on details – textures, colors, scents – and other times when I work with the overall space and contours of land. My first piece at Forest Hills, Breathe, was intimate in scale and investigated the power of scent and living plant material to invoke memory. I planted five beds of fragrant rosemary in a size reminiscent of a human body or burial plot. Nestled in between family gravesites on a grassy path, the installation related to a “neighborhood” of the Forest Hills landscape. In contrast, my piece for ReVisited looks at the entire Forest Hills landscape and helps the visitor to understand some of the transitions sculpted into its terrain.

The changes in topography within the boundaries of Forest Hills are quite dramatic and unusual in such an urban area. The distance from the highest to the lowest point is over 70 feet, the approximate height of a 5-story building. As is the case in modern landscape design, intentional sculpting of the land was used in the 19th century as a technique to enhance the visitor’s experience; Forest Hills was shaped in a romantic style to create a picturesque effect. Gradient highlights moments along the exhibition route in order to make visible some of the subtler as well as the more dramatic changes in topography experienced by visitors progressing through this historic landscape. Brightly colored markers indicate the number of feet above sea level at selected spots along the way.


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