Future's Past|Bringing Public Art To The Shore of Lake Tahoe
Bearing its roots in the sand of Mourelatos Lakeshore Resort, stands Tahoe’s newest piece of public art, “Future’s Past.” Spearheaded by Tahoe Public Art, New York artist Kate Raudenbush has been invited to bring her Metropolis of laser cut steel to the shores of Lake Tahoe, a sculpture originally created for Burning Man 2010.
Raudenbush is a Burning Man bred artist with a zest for environmentalism and technological sustainability. She works with steel, wood, and mirrors to bring to life her messages.
Raudenbush says “Future’s Past” embodies a statement of, “voracious overconsumption and greed and technological advancement”. This modern day temple is lined with etchings inspired by the Mayans, and the people from Angkor Wat, Cambodia. Atop the structure Raudenbush introduces a relationship of technology and environment with a tree growing outward, its roots cascading and wrapping around the structure.
Inside the temple lies an alter reflecting a 3 dimensional image of the flower of life, repeated 7 times. Raudenbush says, “I wanted to create an allegory for consumptive collapse, but also to give a little bit of hope.”
TPA is working closely with Kate’s team to calculate all aspects of the installation and deinstallation from flight between JFK and RNO, to the flatbed truck transportation from Oakland to Tahoe Vista, all heavy machinery that required to lift the sculpture into place, and the power utilized to light the installation. The entire carbon footprint is being calculated and offset by planing trees in the vicinity of the Lake Tahoe Basin.
The sculpture is available for viewing to the public along with unveiling events every third Thursday of the summer.... See “What’s Happening” for details.
For more information about the installation and the artist visit: http://www.kateraudenbush.com/futures-past
By sharing a set of values that guide behaviors to protect Lake Tahoe from the impacts of climate change, we instill a sense of responsibility in locals and visitors alike to ensure that the clarity and purity of this precious natural resource we experience today can be equally enjoyed by future generations.