Birch Tide by Sam Moyer (public art)

I love art, especially public art in places that surprise you. I also love art that’s influenced by the sea. This covers it.

Birch Tide by Sam Moyer | Total Recall for Public Art Fund NYC 2010

This work is by Sam Moyer and is part of an exhibition organized by the Public Art Fund in NYC and titled Total Recall From the website:

Covering more than 50 tree trunks in the middle of MetroTech Center Commons, Sam Moyer’s work creates the illusion of a forest of birch trees with their easily recognizable silvery bark. Upon closer inspection, this bark reveals itself to be an image of the North Sea transposed on aluminum planks. Thus, she transplants nature from sea to land, layering species over species and allowing numerous realities to co-exist harmoniously. A multi-layered viewing experience, from some perspectives the work is revealed while from others it disappears completely.

Moyer was born in Chicago, Illinois in 1983. She received her BFA from Corcoran College of Art and Design, Washington D.C., in 2005 and her MFA from Yale University, New Haven, in 2007. She was most recently included in the exhibition Greater New York at P.S.1 Contemporary Art Center, Long Island City (2010). Recent exhibitions include the solo presentation of work entitledShape Shifters, Rachel Uffner Gallery, New York (2010) and group shows at Max Hans Daniel, Berlin, Germany; P.S.1 Contemporary Art Center, Long Island City; and the St. Louis Museum of Contemporary Art, Missouri.

Moyer lives and works in Brooklyn.

Photo credit: Public Art Fund on

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Peter A. Mello

Father, son. Lifelong mariner, student of leadership, photographer. Professional creative placemaker.

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