For the Garden

For the Garden

Jenny Holzer - For the Garden

Jenny Holzer is one of America's foremost Contemporary artists with a broad repertoire across an international stage. As a conceptual artist, text—from the political to the poetic—is central to her repertoire. From large-scale digital images, to simple printed handbills, to carvings in granite and stone, Holzer carefully examines all physical and social aspects of the context of a given work and, regardless of media, meticulously considers the realization of the final form. 

For the Garden, 2015, is a site-specific work commissioned by Meijer Gardens for The Richard & Helen DeVos Japanese Garden. Through on site visits, dialogue with architect Hoichi Kurisu and careful research, Holzer decided upon the use of text from across the distinguished traditions of Japanese literature from the 9th century to the 20th. Unifying subjects were poetic expressions around ideas of the garden and mysteries of the natural world. Each was hand carved across the surface of 13 individual boulders to be discovered by the viewer as they explored the garden. “To reward the observant” quickly became Holzer’s shorthand description for the subtle and careful placement of text and the composition across the garden site. 

Working directly with authors or their representative and translators, Holzer has created one of the most interesting and engaging works in the permanent collection. A list of poems and the original author / publication that comprises For the Garden can be found HERE

Jenny Holzer. For the Garden, 2015. 13 carved boulders. The Richard & Helen DeVos Japanese Garden at Frederik Meijer Gardens & Sculpture Park Acquisition. © 2015 Jenny Holzer/Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York /ADAGP, Paris