Rachel Owens and Socrates Sculpture Park
New Work Project Grant
As a recipient of the 2007 Emerging Artist Fellowship from Socrates Sculpture Park, Rachel Owens created Groundswell, a piece that both remembers the site’s history as a landfill and illegal dumping grounds as well as addresses larger issues of failed cultural conditions, waste and our mysterious underground infrastructure. Massive underground plumbing pipes erupt from beneath the soil and sprout into a tree-like structure whose limbs spout water, creating a fountain that dumps into an oil drum below. Perched dejectedly above is a monumental black rubber raven. (Text source: http://www.ziehersmith.com).