SSP VI: Utah Shiva Afternoon
VENDOR: Peter Hassen
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Sacred Sculpture Project VI
landscape intervention/sculpture/documentary photograph
archival gloss print
16 x 24" unframed
This series is about discovery and surprise, which can challenge our assumptions about the confluence of nature and culture. The artist created reproductions of historic sacred sculptures such as Horus and Shiva and placed them in the wilderness, turning the neutral natural setting into “sacred space."
Hassen installed 10 pieces in five states, offering people the opportunity to discover the work randomly—to spark their sense of wonder and invite deeper thought. These images are from trips over the last seven years, revisiting each site to re-document and reinterpret the installations, in some cases collect the stories of people who had randomly discovered them.
See more work in the series at peterhassen.com. Contact PERCH with inquiries.
Peter Hassen is an American artist based in Sonoma, California. Hassen’s work focuses on themes of nature, science and spirituality. Working in a variety of mediums such as painting, photography, printmaking and sculpture, Hassen seeks to create a dialogue between these universal themes and also raises questions about societies, cultures and their commonalities.
Drawn to the underlying power of words and symbols, his projects usually begin with extensive research into systems of philosophy, religion, biology, cartography and language. Hassen has installed several public and social practice art projects which encourage reflection and invite personal discovery.
For his Sacred Sculpture Project, Hassen recreated historic religious sculptures and installed them in the wilderness in five states, shooting documentary footage, then leaving them for posterity. In the Discovery Project, Hassen buried 100 cast-stone Buddha heads on Pacific coast beaches to eventually wash ashore for future moments of inspiration and wonder.