Artist Talk: Sunday, November 3 at 2pm
Join Foon Sham on the National Mall to discuss his three “Habitat” installations, Mushroom, Arches of Life, and Vascular Form XI, Unbound. Located throughout the Smithsonian Gardens, Sham will reveal how the commissioned sculpture, titled “Mushroom” was made from trees felled by lightning, age or disease on the Smithsonian grounds, and others were meant to symbolize how dead wood can become a critical habitat for animals and insects. Ultimately, Sham’s “Habitat” sculptures represent a central theme: protecting habitats that protect life.
Foon Sham’s installations are a prominent part of the outdoor Smithsonian Gardens “Habitat” exhibition that continues through December 2020. Sham’s three works in the “Habitat” exhibit highlight how to protect essential flora and fauna in the environment. When the Smithsonian approached Sham to be part of the outdoor installation, he chose to emphasize how fungi, trees, and soil share a symbiotic relationship with thousands of interlocking strands that communicate with each other to supply nutrients in nature, similar to the way humans connect with each other using electronic devices.
Beginning his art career nearly 40 years ago, Foon Sham’s work has been exhibited in numerous galleries and spaces in Washington, D.C., Chicago, Norway, Hungary, Australia, Bolivia, China, France, and around the world. Join the Washington Sculptors Group for this special presentation!
Location: Meet outdoors at the corner of 14th Street and Constitution Avenue NW outside the National Museum of American History at the Mushroom installation