Alan Sonfist

Island of Paradise dedication in Tuscany, Italy

September 14th, 2017

Island of Paradise is a floating green landscape that blends green and industrial, natural and man-made and earthly and divine. The Island embodies the nexus of nature, organisms, histories, art, culture and industry. Constructed upon an abandoned mining quarry, the skeletal remains of this operation have been filled to create the lake in which the Island floats. The Island of Paradise is built upon the bedrock of the quarry and is designed to capture a symbiotic relationship for traditionally conflicting forces. A decaying industrial complex serves as the artistic platform for new sculpture created exclusively from recyclable and re-purposed material. This relic of the once vigorous era of labor-intensive industry is now transformed to display the vigor of natural life and echoes the Earth's repossession of the man-made. Regionally indigenous ancient flora and fauna from the Middle Ages and the Renaissance will feed migratory and local birds, bridging the Island of today with the history of its surrounding environment and the culture of the Renaissance. The "Island of Paradise" forms a crucible, which melds past and present to display an amalgamation of organisms, fauna, times, ironies, ideas and histories. It is the Inferno, Purgatory and Paradise conjoined to become a union of the Divine, the Universal and the Human.

Island of Paradise is a floating green landscape that blends green and industrial, natural and man-made and earthly and divine. The Island embodies the nexus of nature, organisms, histories, art, culture and industry. Constructed upon an abandoned mining quarry, the skeletal remains of this operation have been filled to create the lake in which the Island floats. The Island of Paradise is built upon the bedrock of the quarry and is designed to capture a symbiotic relationship for traditionally conflicting forces. A decaying industrial complex serves as the artistic platform for new sculpture created exclusively from recyclable and re-purposed material. This relic of the once vigorous era of labor-intensive industry is now transformed to display the vigor of natural life and echoes the Earth's repossession of the man-made. Regionally indigenous ancient flora and fauna from the Middle Ages and the Renaissance will feed migratory and local birds, bridging the Island of today with the history of its surrounding environment and the culture of the Renaissance. The "Island of Paradise" forms a crucible, which melds past and present to display an amalgamation of organisms, fauna, times, ironies, ideas and histories. It is the Inferno, Purgatory and Paradise conjoined to become a union of the Divine, the Universal and the Human.