June 6, 2020 - August 1, 2020
Curated by Sofia Bastidas and May Makki, The Staff of Ascelpias is a social and environmental sculpture conceived by artist Erik DeLuca during his residency at the Corsicana Artist & Writers Residency. For this project, DeLuca converted his Corsicana studio into a milkweed nursery and worked along with several members of the Corsicana community to design a series of way-stations for the Monarch butterfly, including a planting of milkweed at Sweet Pass.
This planting is accompanied by a time based light and sound installation which will play every day at sunrise and sunset. A horizontal white LED light sculpture will be suspended above the ground - this line gestures towards the Monarchs’ migratory path from North Mexico to Canada. Additionally, a rendition of “Sunrise and Sunset” from Fiddler on the Roof, produced by DeLuca for the exhibition, will play into the night.
The Staff of Ascelpias is a collaboration between SMU Pollock Gallery, Corsicana Artist & Writer Residency, RISO BAR, and SPSP
Details of planting at SP
Publication Cover by Riso Bar
Short Doc about Erik's Project
Erik in Corsicana