Seven Runes, 1990-91. Pompano Beach, Florida.
The site-specific environmental sculpture was developed in relation to the architecture, the retention pond and the surrounding landscape. An earth-cut has been made from the lake to the land, allowing a shallow pool to form and create a wetlands area, indigenous to the South of Florida. Seven hewn fossilized coral limestone structures are installed in the lake in a curved formation each 8 ft apart, and make a transition from the lake to the land. The 7 stones, each approximately 20 tons, stand 15 ft. high x 6 ft.sq. at the base, tapering to 4 ft at the top. The overall length of the sculpture is 95 feet. Broward County Public Art and Design Program.
Patricia Leighton is one of the most prominent landscape artists in the world.
Patricia Leighton has been making art in the public realm for over 25 years, creating large-scale permanent commissions worldwide, which relate to the history of a given site and the relevant environmental and ecological conditions.
Many of her projects relate to transportation and include elements such as: utilizing excess and available soil on site to create large earthwork sculptures, incorporating stone and indigenous materials to relate to the environment, creating feature markers to be viewed from the air, and siting progressive sculptures adjacent to freeways.
Patricia’s Land-art functions on a number of levels, enabling a wide public to relate to the work. The earthworks and the freestanding sculptures reflect the historical and environmental specificity of their setting. Whether seen quickly from a vehicle, or pondered at length, the works captivate their audience and instill contemplation.