The Vertical Gallery at the Esther Massry Gallery at the College of St. Rose features a site-specific sculpture entitled “Wraith” created for this beautiful 27′ high atrium. “Wraith” is a translucent mountain hovering just above visitor’s heads. Clinging to it’s underside, like barnacles on a rock, is an upside-down, contemporary American landscape, in miniature, with an oil refinery, abandoned houses, mountains and bare trees. Made from thousands of #2 HDPE plastic bottles which originally packaged water, the sculpture’s image conjures the interconnectedness of American habits of consumption with such far-flung consequences as the melting of glaciers.
This project was supported by the Artist’s Resource Trust, a fund of the Berkshire Taconic Community Foundation.