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So, there’s a park
alongside Broadway,
and 11th Street in Oklahoma City.
It might be called
a strip park. I had never noticed
it before. A friend invited
me there to see
a new art installation. A sculpture.
Made of decommissioned lobster
and crab nets and other
rope-like materials; “Terra”
it’s called. A New York artist
struck by the color of the soil
in central Oklahoma, Gengler
painted the undulating stacks
of rope hauled from the sea
a rusty orange/red.
On this land
that millions of years ago
was the sea,
now sits this captivating sculpture
laid out, my friend observed,
like boats set on the shore,
and wrapped around a full-character Oklahoma Juniper.

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Orly Genger created the piece
for the Oklahoma Contemporary Art Museum.
A team arrived last week to build
the 1.4 million feet of used lobster rope
into “Terra.” Genger weaves the rope
by hand into 18-inch wide strips
that then are stacked into forms
that create a connection with the space.
Last part of the installation in Oklahoma City
was painting the piece. It took
350 gallons of terra-cotta-like paint.

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Genger says her pieces help viewers
to “explore the terrain in a new way.”
Indeed, I had noticed the car dealership
there on Broadway, but not
the park where Terra now rests,
and excites. Lovely trees
there
too.

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