Art@Site Barbara Edelstein Elemental Spring: Harmony

Barbara Edelstein


Elemental Spring: Harmony

Jing'an Sculpture Park
The visceral sculpture of Barbara Edelstein utilize a conceptual approach to the composition of organic structures. Each piece contemplates the transcendental connection of nature and culture and reflects the dualism of American and Asian culture.
Born in California and based in Shanghai and New York, Barbara Edelstein received a Master of Fine Arts degree from Claremont Graduate University and a Bachelor of Arts degree from the University of California, Santa Cruz. She has been featured in shows in New York, Los Angeles, and other cities in the U.S. as well as in Europe, and has an array of solo exhibitions and public sculptures in China.
Continuity with the landscape is also important to American artist Barbara Edelstein, whose work Harmony, from her Elemental Spring series is one of the few sculptures to be selected as a permanent piece in the park.
The twists and turns of its 350 meters of copper piping are counterpoised with a leaf-like structure that strains upwards toward the light. In several places water runs from the structure in streams that are individually illuminated by lights at the base of the work.
"Most of my public work deals with water, because water is life. It is also abstract, a changeable concept and a basic element, " said Edelstein.
"The flow of water encompasses time and connects with the environment - concepts I find in Taoism and Zen."