Monks’ Cradle

50′ X 50′ and 24′ high
A small chapel across a lake served as the inspiration for this outdoor sculpture constructed with saplings, mostly willow.  The Monks’ Cradle consists of five small chapels built in a cluster, leaning into each other, with a courtyard in the middle.  Visitors can walk through the buildings, and find a surprise.   I wanted the work to look a little off-kilter and didn’t want it to look pristine, because nature is not quite pristine. The elements are somewhat geometric, but at the same time, they appear to be at the whimsy of the wind.


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St John's University, Collegeville, MN, Minnesota, United States

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