In 2006, Yurt City was born out of an idea for two friends to build a yurt and install it in a sculpture garden of a gallery in Brooklyn. The idea grew from building a single structure to creating a collaborative artist community. The sculpture garden at Dam Stuhltrager was a perfect test site to see how these yurt and tent interventions of Yurt City would survive being installed for two months during a hot, rainy summer. The positive reaction to Yurt City, our enthusiasm for the project, and interest in being part of something greater than our own art practice propelled us to seek other sites for this project to grow. A year later, Yurt City II moved to the banks of the East River as part of FLOAT, a three week, biennial event at Socrates Sculpture Park. Another artist joined the group. Structures morphed and grew as a result of the change of location. The following photos are from week one of FLOAT and Yurt City II. In true nomadic fashion, the structures were moved each week. Stay tuned for some visuals of a very grim day installing in the rain, photos of the site, Socrates Sculpture Park, other projects in the FLOAT event and our little community from other weeks.
Yurt City is a collaborative endeavour of Sheila Ross and Laura Ten Eyck, two Canadian, New York based artists. Yurt City was born out of many conversations about how to build a yurt. It was realized in the form of Yurt City, after Dam Stuhltrager gallery in Brooklyn, invited Ross to create an outdoor installation piece for their new sculpture garden in 2006. That exhibition grew organically into an ongoing collaborative project in which other guest artists have also had their work included into several full scale tent and yurt city installations. Various projects have been installed at Socrates Sculpture Park, art sites gallery in Riverhead, NY, and in the oud Charlois neighbourhood of Rotterdam as part of the 3rd iteration of a traveling exhibition, titled Kuf/Mold exhibition. Both Ross and Ten Eyck have shown their work extensively in Canada and the US. Venues include Islip Art Museum, Socrates Sculpture Park, Dam Stuhltrager gallery. Ross has been a recipient of an Ontario Arts Council Grant. Ten Eyck has been awarded a Canada Council grant twice.
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