Gradient (River Walk), 2015
James Welling (b. 1951)
—Dye sublimation print on aluminum —
In July 2015, the Brandywine River Museum of Art commissioned James Welling to create a site-specific installation that explored the intersection of art and the environment. He photographed several locations around the grounds of the museum; one of those photographs formed the basis of this color-driven sculpture. Working digitally, he took samples from the photograph and arranged them in a process known as gradient mapping. The resulting "map" is a seamless gradation of color representing bits of the chromatic spectrum captured from the original landscape image. The gradient map was then printed with a process in which inks are fused directly onto a metal plate. Mounted to a signpost, the metal print has been placed at the exact location where Welling took the original photograph. Through this work—which blurs the boundaries between photography and sculpture—Welling invites a closer examination of the changing colors of the Brandywine landscape throughout the year.
Gift of the artist, 2016
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Erected by the Brandywine River Museum of Art.
Location. 39° 52.179′ N, 75° 35.589′
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Helen, 1989 (here, next to this marker); Miss Gratz, 1984 (within shouting distance of this marker); Gradient (Maple Tree), 2015 (about 300 feet away, measured in a direct line); R. B. Monument, 2004 (about 300 feet away); Andrew Wyeth Studio (approx. 0.3 miles away); Battle of Brandywine (approx. 0.3 miles away); The Chads Springhouse (approx. 0.4 miles away); The John Chads House (approx. 0.4 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Chadds Ford.
Also see . . .
1. Gradients. (Submitted on August 31, 2017, by William Fischer, Jr. of Scranton, Pennsylvania.)
2. James Welling Bio. (Submitted on August 31, 2017, by William Fischer, Jr. of Scranton, Pennsylvania.)
3. Brandywine River Museum of Art. (Submitted on August 31, 2017, by William Fischer, Jr. of Scranton, Pennsylvania.)
Categories. • Arts, Letters, Music • Charity & Public Work • Environment • Man-Made Features •
Credits. This page was last revised on August 31, 2017. This page originally submitted on August 31, 2017, by William Fischer, Jr. of Scranton, Pennsylvania. This page has been viewed 46 times since then. Photos: 1, 2. submitted on August 31, 2017, by William Fischer, Jr. of Scranton, Pennsylvania.