‘Landscape Abbreviated’ by artist Nova Jiang is a kinetic maze consisting of modular elements with rotating planters, which form a garden that is simultaneously a machine. Being interested in the way that simple interventions can make the experience of space dynamic and unpredictable, the planters are controlled by a software program that continuously generates new maze patterns based on mathematical rules. The planters contain live moss collected from the sides of buildings, cracks in the pavement, subway grates and other urban nooks and crannies in New York City’s landscape. Full of particles of broken glass, plastic and other detritus, they form a patchwork of unintentional archaeology. Nova’s work encourages the tactile and creative participation of the audience, resulting in structurally open systems in which joy, disorder and improvisation can thrive.
All images © Nova Jiang