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The Staff of Asclepias

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.

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Installation view

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

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Publication Cover by Riso Bar

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Publication Detail

Short Doc about Erik's Project


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Erik in Corsicana

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Installation view

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Press for Staff of Asclepias:

Dallas Morning News (Tim Diovanni)
KERA Art&Seek (Gila Espinoza)