Spencer Finch Brings Monet’s Giverny Garden to Indianapolis With New IMA Installation

Earlier this month Spencer Finch unveiled a major new installation in the Efroymson Family Entrance Pavilion of the Indianapolis Museum of Art consisting of 160 colorful glass panels suspended from the atrium’s ceiling, their tones inspired by the hues that Finch encountered at Giverny, Claude Monet‘s garden that provided fodder for so much of his own work.

The installation, “Following Nature” (2013), was conceived with the IMA pavilion in mind, and marks Finch’s ongoing interest in glass installations to evoke waterscapes. In 2009 he created the permanent commission “The River That Flows Both Ways” on New York’s High Line, which features glass panels tinted to match colors that the artist found in the nearby Hudson River.

“What I’m interested in is not like creating a copy of that, but creating the same sort of optical conditions that Monet was interested in,” Finch told the Indianapolis Star. “So the colors are taken from Giverny and the reflections are based on this idea of transparency and reflectivity and water.”

The installation, which can be visited for free and is on view through August 25, should be seen under changing weather conditions, Finch suggests. “The ideal day would be to come in on a sunny day and leave when it’s cloudy — stay long enough for it to become overcast and then experience it in different conditions,” Finch told the Star. “I don’t think one [light] condition, or weather condition, is better than another. But I think what’s interesting is seeing it in different conditions and trying to move around it and see it from different positions.”

— Benjamin Sutton

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