Plastic, fiberglass, stainless steel, 2008
A small red maple tree that was visible out the window at Mass MoCA was given an artificial branch, attached to the trunk by a metal cuff, like a kind of prosthetic. The plastic leaves on this branch were in a permanent state of peak fall color. The piece was up for an entire year. During most of this time, the branch stood out awkwardly, like an overdressed guest at a party. But for the brief and famously colorful fall season that takes place in this part of Massachusetts, the branch disappeared entirely. During the most spectacular phase of fall, the branch was at its most unspectacular.