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This Garden At This Hour

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This Garden At This Hour

White Oak Federal Center, Maryland 

Matthew Ritchie’s This Garden At This Hour is a public artwork and focal point of the renovated FDA Central Commons in Maryland. The sculpture is an assembly of aluminum cellular modules that emulate the growth of organisms as they rise into a series of cantilevered elements and arches that invite interaction with the public. The aluminum structures are intertwined into a planted landscape, replicating biological growth at different levels and scales. CRAFT worked closely with the team at Matthew Ritchie Studio to understand the complex nature of the sculpture as a structure and iteratively modified the piece to meet structural and performative requirements. 

(Image Credit: Matthew Ritchie Studio) 

Artist: Matthew Ritchie