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The Pathway of Love
1982 - wood, iron, steel, terracotta, cement

In a small valley in the midst of the park, the artist created a pathway which follows a meandering brook. Several meters away from each other, two sets of stairs, one in wood and the other in steel, descend into the valley where they meet. Continuing on parallel to each other, they reach a platform where a seat offers a moment of rest. The pathways continue on, this time changing places: the steel continuing from where the wood left off and vice versa. At last, they run inside a kind of idyllic refuge: a heart-shaped pool which holds water from the brook. The stream flows underneath an arched bridge where it tumbles in a waterfall down the hill. In the silence of the path, the water falling creates an echo. Here, steel and wood become the protagonists of a love story. In Trakas's Pathway, the unknowns, the sense of danger, and the separation and reconciliation become metaphors that create the narrative that unfolds along the path. The stream of water flowing underneath the whole piece becomes a paradigm of life and its events. Before completing his artwork, Trakas insisted on creating an explosion fuelled by dynamite to create the heart-shaped pool because, as he rightly stated, "there can be no love without an explosion."

George Trakas

George Trakas, born in Quebec in 1944, lives in New York and works on the site of his projects.
His large-scale public works include Le Pont de l'Epée, Le Creux de l'Enfer, Thiers (1988); Ponte in Belmullet, Tirle Saile Symposium, County Mayo, Ireland (1993); Glenn Terrell Friendship Mall, Washington State University, Pullman, Washington (1989-1994);   111 Steps towards Peace, Global Center for Peace, Freedom and Human Rights, Verdun (1995); Curach and Bollard, Minetta Brook, The River Project, Pier 26, Hudson River Park, New York (2000); Hook (Archean Reach), Line (Sea House), Sinker (Mined Swell), Metropolitan Transport Authority, Atlantic Avenue-Pacific Street Subway Station, Brooklyn NY (2004); Water Course, North Cascades Environmental Education Center, Diablo Lake, Skagit (2005); Beacon Point, Minetta Brook, Dia Art Foundation, Scenic Hudson Land Trust, Beacon NY(1999-2007); Waterfront Nature Walkway, Department of Environmental Protection, Newton Creek Water Pollution Control Plant, Brooklyn, New York (1999-2007); Quai des Trois Dents, Parc Naturel Régional des Monts d'Ardèche (2007); River Walkway, Cold Spring, New York (2008).
He has also created works for many group shows including Awards Exhibition, American Academy of Arts and Letters, New York (1996); Continuity and Contradiction, Miami Art Museum, Miami FL (1997); New Land Marks, Pennsylvania Academy of Fine Arts, Philadelphia (2001).

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