STOCK-PILE ... a storage pile or heap of material; a reserve supply of something essential; a gradually accumulated reserve of something, esp. something vital or indispensable*
This installation occupies a temporary site in Radcliffe Yard, scheduled to be turned over for construction space within two years. The essential elements of landscape construction— stone, aggregate, sand, soil – diverse and rich in color, shape, and texture —are arranged in simple piles on a north-south grid. Two are planted with ancient ferns. All start stacked impossibly steep, poised to subside—each of its own accord, in keeping with its inherent physical and structural characteristics.
The installation was completed in celebration of the 10th anniversary of the Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Study.
*from Webster's Third New International Dictionary of the English Language Unabridged
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