Kyoung Ae Cho
Kyoung Ae Cho's installation is placed above the columns on the east end of Rivera Court, where it fills the central opening.
Several themes connect Cho's work with the murals by Diego Rivera: the natural world; human community; and the concept of processes and cycles.
But while the murals recall the historical forces of modern industrialization, Cho's piece reflects the contemporary concerns of a post-industrial society. Her thinking is about "rebirth in the environment and the community."
Cho's work plays subtly against the scale and power of the murals. Her delicate and ephemeral use of unprocessed materials from nature contrasts with both the solidity of the wall and Rivera's imagery of nature serving powerful social and economic forces.
The installation reminds us that nature's cycles of death, decay and regeneration exist outside the needs of human society. It also suggests that community, like nature, has the potential for regeneration.
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