Pine in the Sand tells a story about unpredictable change while highlighting the often overlooked maintenance and infrastructure enlisted to preserve and stabilize the environment.  A mound of sand is planted with a pitch pine and partially contained by a ring of concrete barriers opposite rows of granite benches. Through the seasons, as the sand shifts, the tree acts as a register for change. Stand on the survey marker in the garden and take a photo. This view will be different when you return. Upload your photo to Instagram with the hashtag #pineinthesand, and track the installation’s evolution in the online archive.

The Susan S. and Kenneth L. Wallach Garden in Radcliffe Yard provides a blank canvas for exhibitions of public art designed by students at Harvard University. Installations are selected through the biennial Radcliffe Institute Public Art Competition, which engages students across the University in generating and sharing new ideas.
The Radcliffe Institute Public Art Competition is made possible by the generosity of Susan S. Wallach ’68, JD ’71 and Kenneth L. Wallach ’68, JD, ’72, both longtime champions of the Radcliffe Institute and Harvard University.

Pine in the Sand is by Isaac Stein and Maggie Tsang, co-founders of Department Design Office.

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