Ridge & Valley


2020,
Permanent Outdoor Public Art Commission
Plasma-cut weathering steel
9′ x 67′ x 1 3/8″

BOWER SCULPTURE PARK & NATIVE GARDENS
Shermans Dale, PA
gardenbower.org

The Bower is a 36-acre sculpture park and native landscape of meadows and woodland trails along the northern slope of the Appalachian Mountains in Central Pennsylvania. Rutstein’s monumental sculpture, Ridge & Valley, was installed in August, 2020.

The Bower is nestled in the Ridge and Valley section of the Appalachian mountains. Inspiration for the sculpture came from a geologic and ecoregion maps that highlight the “Pennsylvania Salient”, a distinct feature of dramatic bends and folds of the Appalachians as they course through Pennsylvania. The sculpture is meant to be bold yet harmonious in its surroundings – the curving organic cut out lines reminiscent of the swaying meadow grasses or the branch patterns of the surrounding woods. Rutstein’s freestanding steel sculpture spans nearly 70 feet and weighs 17 tons. The sculpture is situated in an inclined meadow surrounded by trails and wooded areas, with vantage points stretching above and below. The expansive, cut out lines create dramatic light and shadow and have been illuminated at night with solar powered lighting.

"Ridge & Valley", a 9' x 67' plasma-cut corten steel freestanding sculpture to be installed in August 2020.

"Ridge & Valley", a 9' x 67' plasma-cut corten steel freestanding sculpture to be installed in August 2020.

"Ridge & Valley", a 9' x 67' plasma-cut corten steel | Bower Sculpture Park Install

"Ridge & Valley", a 9' x 67' plasma-cut corten steel freestanding sculpture to be installed in August 2020.

"Ridge & Valley", a 9' x 67' plasma-cut corten steel freestanding sculpture to be installed in August 2020.

"Ridge & Valley", a 9' x 67' plasma-cut corten steel freestanding sculpture to be installed in August 2020.

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"Ridge & Valley", a 9' x 67' plasma-cut corten steel freestanding sculpture to be installed in August 2020.

"Ridge & Valley", a 9' x 67' plasma-cut corten steel freestanding sculpture to be installed in August 2020.

"Ridge & Valley", a 9' x 67' plasma-cut corten steel freestanding sculpture to be installed in August 2020.

"Ridge & Valley", a 9' x 67' plasma-cut corten steel freestanding sculpture to be installed in August 2020.

"Ridge & Valley", a 9' x 67' plasma-cut corten steel freestanding sculpture to be installed in August 2020.

Renderings for "Ridge & Valley", a 9' x 67' plasma-cut corten steel freestanding sculpture to be installed in August 2020.

Renderings for "Ridge & Valley", a 9' x 67' plasma-cut corten steel freestanding sculpture to be installed in August 2020.Renderings for "Ridge & Valley", a 9' x 67' plasma-cut corten steel freestanding sculpture to be installed in August 2020.

Renderings for "Ridge & Valley", a 9' x 67' plasma-cut corten steel freestanding sculpture to be installed in August 2020.

Renderings for "Ridge & Valley", a 9' x 67' plasma-cut corten steel freestanding sculpture to be installed in August 2020.Renderings for "Ridge & Valley", a 9' x 67' plasma-cut corten steel freestanding sculpture to be installed in August 2020.

"Ridge & Valley", a 9' x 67' plasma-cut corten steel freestanding sculpture to be installed in August 2020.

"Ridge & Valley", a 9' x 67' plasma-cut corten steel freestanding sculpture to be installed in August 2020.

"Ridge & Valley", a 9' x 67' plasma-cut corten steel | Bower Sculpture Park

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"Ridge & Valley", a 9' x 67' plasma-cut corten steel | Bower Sculpture Park

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"Ridge & Valley", a 9' x 67' plasma-cut corten steel | Bower Sculpture Park

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"Ridge & Valley", a 9' x 67' plasma-cut corten steel | Bower Sculpture Park

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"Ridge & Valley", a 9' x 67' plasma-cut corten steel | Bower Sculpture Park

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"Ridge & Valley", a 9' x 67' plasma-cut corten steel | Bower Sculpture Park

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"Ridge & Valley", a 9' x 67' plasma-cut corten steel | Bower Sculpture Park

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"Ridge & Valley", a 9' x 67' plasma-cut corten steel | Bower Sculpture Park at Night

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"Ridge & Valley", a 9' x 67' plasma-cut corten steel | Bower Sculpture Park at Night

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"Ridge & Valley", a 9' x 67' plasma-cut corten steel | Bower Sculpture Park Install

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"Ridge & Valley", a 9' x 67' plasma-cut corten steel | Bower Sculpture Park Install

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"Ridge & Valley", a 9' x 67' plasma-cut corten steel | Bower Sculpture Park Install