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"I’m interested to take a public piece and have it feel intimate. When you get there, you feel slightly embraced by the piece itself—slightly nested—which plays on the idea of the habitat."
—Sarah Sze

Sarah Sze, our current 100 Artists featured artist, is seen here at work on a 2011 commission for New York City’s High Line park, titled Still Life with Landscape (Model for a Habitat) (2011). With the work, Sze strikes a balance between form and function as she creates a sculpture as post-modern bird habitat as well as a study of architectural perspective and space. In her segment for Art21, the artist is seen at work on the project from the early planning stages through to the installation and upkeep of the public sculpture.

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IMAGES: Sarah Sze at work on Still Life with Landscape (Model for a Habitat) (2011) from her studio and at the High Line park, both in New York. Production stills from the Art in the Twenty-First Century Season 6 episode, Balance, 2012. © Art21, Inc. 2012.

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