ZEN GOLF WORKS
These pieces are part of a Zen Golf Course, in which there are only attempts to realize the whole game as a state of Zen. The ball is kept in sight after hitting, as the most interesting and beautiful line to follow. Another interesting factor is Zen golf can be played on any type of ground and the more interesting, the more balls you lose – but it is all Zen.
Multiple Sails | 6′ x 3′ x 4′ | Steel, copper
Stairs | 7′ x 28′ x 9′ | Steel, fabricated assemblage
STAIRS – This piece would be the easiest piece to move and reassemble and perhaps the most abstract and compositionally good in terms of art thinking. This piece has been kept the same as when I salvaged it out from the backend of the hotel on Pine St. with the red, cut stone. This was the original fire escape and I used only parts from that entire job to make this sculpture. I welded the two staircases together and they became a sculpture that was installed at the Lincoln Center’s first Sculpture Invitations for their permanent collection. I feel the surface radiates with the sun and the glow of each level of light during the day. The stair steps are turned backwards to defy climbing on. Hopefully viewers will be interested enough in the structural aspects. This piece also throws very vivid shadows and is always a mathematical concept.
Magnetic Source | 4′ x 5′ x 3′ | Copper pipe, flagstone
Ladder | 11′ x 7′ x 9′ | Steel
Zen Golf. My kind of game. 9 iron or sand wedge will do the whole course. I like the feel the ball has when I hit it and the energy that makes it go. Zen Golf is exactly what it sounds like – you love the way the ball flies.
I start by putting three balls on the ground – anywhere they land is okay, or you can kick them into the best place. Hitting the ball over each sculpture as it comes up and letting where it goes teach you about all the things we never dreamed is a direction of a thought that comes into your head as you watch.
I never lose any balls because I’m always traveling around every foot hitting the ball. I let the enjoyment come to me as I begin to see what comes to my mind about the innocence of the situation – which includes the weather and my waking up to innocence. You play for as long as you feel interested and drawn to see what comes next. The rest is up to you – you will always learn to hit the ball where you want this way. End.