Walking the Line Between Art and Nature in Raleigh, North Carolina
Across 164 acres of prairies, woodlands, creeks, and pastures, the Museum Park at NCMA pushes contemporary art out of pristine, off-white museum walls and into the Piedmont. A system of trails leads visitors through landscapes populated by site-specific sculptures, playing off the setting and native wildlife. In "Cloud Chamber for the Trees and Sky," artist Chris Drury brilliantly navigates the relationship between the visual arts and the environment. By building a camera obscura the size of a hut, visitors may sit inside, wait for their eyes to adjust to the darkness, and then marvel at an inverted image of the sky projected around them—a topsy-turvy perspective on the green canopy outside.