B. Wurtz, Kitchen Trees

Public Art Fund

Kitchen Trees was the debut public art commission by New York-based artist B. Wurtz, presented by Public Art Fund. This playful exhibition temporarily transformed the civic space of New York City’s City Hall Park with five imaginative arboreal sculptures made of plastic fruits and vegetables among other kitchen-related objects and utensils. Our concept for the outdoor exhibition’s signage and wayfinding stemmed from grocery store produce vernacular, designing exaggerated label stickers and photographing fruit and vegetable textures for use as vibrant background colors. Curated by Public Art Fund Associate Curator, Daniel S. Palmer, 2018.

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B. Wurtz

Kitchen Trees, 2018

Stainless steel frame with powder coated colanders, aluminum and stainless steel pots and pans, and plastic fruits and vegetables. Courtesy of the artist; Metro Pictures, New York; Kate MacGarry, London; Maisterravalbuena Madrid/Lisboa; Richard Telles Fine Art, Los Angeles.

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Exhibition title sign and introductory text; photo by Emil Cohen

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Work label mounted to light post; photo by Emil Cohen

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Photo by Jason Wyche, Courtesy of Public Art Fund, NY

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Photo by Jason Wyche, Courtesy of Public Art Fund, NY

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Work label mounted to light post; photo by Emil Cohen

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Photo by Jason Wyche, Courtesy of Public Art Fund, NY