Nathaniel Rackowe’s Garden Fence Uprising

Sculptor Nathaniel Rackowe has turned the everyday materials that make up a backyard fence and shape our daily aesthetic experience into a sculpture that offers a critique of the suburbs, writes Icon magazine. The artist is taking aim at “the subtle, subliminal components […] that remain once you remove all architectural interventions.” Rackowe explains:A lot of my work deals with in-between spaces and temporary structures. The material of garden fencing belongs in this category.”

Rackowe was inspired by the boxed-in suburban communities he passes on the train. “I take the train frequently from Dalston going west. Looking out of the window, I can see into the gardens of terraced houses. A huge component of urban space is these little hidden gardens. Each space usually has a shed. It’s all very private and personal and it’s very structural. Yet people don’t really think of gardens when they think of cities.” Icon adds that by rearranging the components of the garden fence and adding in new forms and light, Rackowe is taking the suburban garden fence and creating something bold.


Another piece, “Black Shed Expanded,” which was shown at Art Basel Miami Beach, also explodes the everyday aesthetics found in backyards. “The eerie lighting and yellow cables highlight this constellation of fencing panels and force the viewer to acknowledge the spatiality and significance of the lowly garden shed.”

Read the article and learn more about Rackowe’s sculptures.

Also, check out Scott Jerrett’s urban sculptures created using found objects.

Image credit: Icon magazine / Nathaniel Rackowe

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