Leonardo Drew: City in the Grass, is a participatory, public art sculpture that invites viewers to engage directly with the work, the space it occupies, and one another while maintaining a social distance.
Drew incorporates tactile materials like wood, metal, and canvas he distresses by hand. Over 100 feet long and 30 feet wide, City in the Grass is made of aluminum panels with vividly colored sand to evoke a Persian carpet in motion. The artist intends for viewers to imagine being giants like Gulliver, the hero of Jonathan Swift’s 1726 satire, in fictional Lilliput, as they wander through his bird’s eye view of the city.
The Brooklyn, NY-based artist considers the work complete when people interact by sitting, standing, and walking on or around it, disrupting the “do not touch” directive at most public art installations and sculpture parks.