Bright swaths of vibrant colors transform the Katonah Museum of Art’s exterior with the opening of its newest outdoor exhibition, Six Ladders by artist Andrea Lilienthal. Lilienthal created a series of giant bamboo ladders for the Museum’s stately Sculpture Garden that are whimsical and enigmatic; their brilliant colors electrifying the natural surroundings. The ladders will be on display until April 2014.
Five ladders, with their cheerful colors and playful patterns, lean against the Museum’s enormous spruce trees in various positions and at different angles. On the building’s façade, a 30-foot ladder extends just short of the roofline – its form and ribbons of color energizing the wall and lending sculptural dimension to the flat expanse. Each of the ladders are hand-constructed from sturdy commercial bamboo harvested in China and painted with high-gloss outdoor enamel paint from Holland. Their surfaces are smooth and reflective in contrast to the course-textured tree bark.