David Brooks: A Proverbial Machine in the Garden

May 4 – November 11, 2013


David Brooks’s A Proverbial Machine in the Garden comprises a 1970s–model Dynahoe tractor, complete with backhoe and front-end loader, that has been buried beneath Storm King’s iconic landscape. Brooks has selected visually arresting areas of the machine—including the excavating and loading buckets, and part of its cab—that are framed out in concrete shaftways left open to the sky, while the remaining body of the tractor is buried beneath the earthen hillside. Visitors are invited to stand on the shaftways’ steel grates and peer down into the exposed compartments of the tractor below the earth.

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