Land Division: An Installation by Sean Connelly

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    Sean Connelly (American, born 1984). Study for Land Division, 2014. Digital representation.

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August 29, 2014 - January 04, 2015
Honolulu Museum of Art


Exhibition Overview

O‘ahu artist Sean Connelly’s first solo museum installation comprises thousands of cut invasive tree trunks organized into a large, dense sculptural form that comments on the history and future of watersheds and urban development in Hawai‘i.

“In Hawai‘i, watersheds were traditionally managed as an ordered sequence of land divisions that organized continuous space between land, sea, and sky into accessible and productive units of wealth and information,” explains Connelly. “Today’s modern approach to land division breaks this continuous space into fragmented land-use districts that fail to adequately protect the land areas around streams—the main conduits of watersheds. Meanwhile, invasive species continue to creep up the mountainsides, degrading the forest ecologies that attract fresh water. As we work to evade the catastrophes of climate change and secure the future of Hawaiian culture, Land Division seeks to help focus our attention to innovate upon the future of watersheds in Hawai‘i.”