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Pine in the Sand

  • Friday, May 3, 2019 through Tuesday, February 23, 2021
  • Radcliffe Yard
    10 Garden Street
    Cambridge, MA 02138
A mound of sand is planted with a pitch pine and partially contained by a ring of concrete barriers opposite rows of granite benches.
Photo by Kevin Grady

Pine in the Sand tells a story about unpredictable change while highlighting the often overlooked maintenance and infrastructure enlisted to preserve and stabilize the environment.

A mound of sand is planted with a pitch pine and partially contained by a ring of concrete barriers opposite rows of granite benches. Through the seasons, as the sand shifts, the tree acts as a register for change.

Stand on the survey marker in the garden and take a photo. This view will be different when you return. Upload your photo to Instagram with the hashtag #pineinthesand, and track the installation’s evolution by visiting our website at https://pineinthesand.com/.

The Susan S. and Kenneth L. Wallach Garden in Radcliffe Yard provides a blank canvas for exhibitions of public art designed by students at Harvard University. Installations are selected through the biennial Radcliffe Institute Public Art Competition, which engages students across the University in generating and sharing new ideas.

The Radcliffe Institute Public Art Competition is made possible by the generosity of Susan S. Wallach ’68, JD ’71 and Kenneth L. Wallach ’68, JD, ’72, both longtime champions of the Radcliffe Institute and Harvard University.

This design was selected by a jury of Harvard faculty members:

  • Silvia Benedito, associate professor of landscape architecture, Harvard Graduate School of Design
  • Anita Berrizbeitia, chair, Department of Landscape Architecture, Harvard Graduate School of Design
  • Lizabeth Cohen, dean, Radcliffe Institute, July 2011–June 2018, and Howard Mumford Jones Professor of American Studies, Department of History, Harvard Faculty of Arts and Sciences
  • Robin Kelsey, dean of arts and humanities and Shirley Carter Burden Professor of Photography, Harvard Faculty of Arts and Sciences
  • Yukio Lippit, Johnson-Kulukundis Family Faculty Director of the Arts, Radcliffe Institute, July 2013–June 2017, and professor of history of art and architecture, Harvard Faculty of Arts and Sciences
  • Chris Reed, professor in practice of landscape architecture, Harvard Graduate School of Design, and principal, Stoss Landscape Urbanism
  • Matt Saunders, Harris K. Weston Associate Professor of the Humanities, Department of Visual and Environmental Studies, Harvard Faculty of Arts and Sciences

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