A sculpture by a New York artist will be exhibited in a museum in Ridgefield

In the form of a stepladder, an art exhibit in Ridgefield will document all that the natural world has lost – and its potential to rebuild.

“Last Steps,” an exhibition created by Brooklyn-based artist David Shaw, will be presented as part of The Aldrich Museum of Contemporary Art‘s Main Street Sculpture program from September 9, 2022 to April 23, 2023, according to the museum website. The museum has exhibited public sculptures and outdoor installations since its founding in 1964.

Museum visitors can view the installation at the Aldrich Museum of Contemporary Art on 258 Main Street in Ridgefield.

The exhibit takes the form of a tall green stepladder, which the museum describes as a process of both decay and rebirth, as well as an exploration of the boundaries between nature, technology and consciousness. Rays of sunlight shimmer on the colored spaces of the moss shrouding the scale, suggesting “- an alternate reality or possibility of regeneration lurking below the surface,” the website says.

“As we begin to take responsibility for the natural world, Last Steps is both an image of our frustrated, unreachable and perhaps misguided desire for progress, and a symbol of hope that the world wants to rebuild, that life wants to go on,” Shaw said of the article in a press release.

The ladder with the missing rungs represents the challenges members of civilization face as they attempt to “heal what has been lost,” the website says.

David Shaw is an American post-war and contemporary artist born in Rochester in 1965. His work has been featured in “Art in the parks” exposure.

“Last Steps”, organized by Richard Klein, was presented at Re: Growthan outdoor art exhibit in Manhattan’s Riverside Park in 2021 curated by Karin Bravin of BravinLee ProgramsNew York.

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