alyson shotz reflects green landscape with mirror fence alyson shotz reflects green landscape with mirror fence
mar 05, 2014

alyson shotz reflects green landscape with mirror fence

alyson shotz reflects green landscape with mirror fence
acrylic, wood, aluminum, hardware
138 feet x 36 x 4 inches (42.06 m x 91.44 x 10.16 cm)
installation view at storm king arts center, 2010-12
photo by jeremy l. thompson




the subtle reflection of space and its ever changing qualities is expressed in the work of alyson shotz. the american artist conceives large-scale sculptural pieces which stand as mediums in which one experiences their surrounding environment with a renewed perspective. ‘mirror fence‘ is indicative of shotz’s creative approach whereby she has constructed a picket fence entirely from mirror. the iteration illustrated in this feature was a commissioned installation for storm king art center in new york, and exhibits the physical existence of the barrier being almost completely obliterated by its glassy surface that casts back images of the landscape in which it stands.


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‘mirror fence’ almost becomes completely camouflaged
photo by jeremy l. thompson


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up close of the reflective barrier
photo by jeremy l. thompson


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a mirrored panoramic view
photo by jeremy l. thompson


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photo by jeremy l. thompson

  • The poor deer that run thru that yard!


    JimCan says:
  • I find the idea amazing! But unpractical because it´s kind of a trap… It´s like those clean glass doors without the white stripe, people end up bumping into it thinking there´s no door… People not expecting it might get injured. If it´s going to be real, atleast make the top of the fence round, to avoid injuring someone going over or landing on that pointy tip by accident. Also, somekind of red stripe or something that makes people still “see” the fence, but that doesn´t ruin the idea might also help this get to the market.

    what? says:
  • this is a very dangerous idea indeed!

    james says:
  • Nice idea. If the landscape which is being reflected is different to the other side, then it will be ok. But it’s a potential health & safety issue if the reflection really is quite invisible. People and animals could conceivably injure themselves, not realising it’s there.

    Bradley Stock says:
  • Yep — perhaps as an art installation but definitely not as a permanent feature.

    Robert de Vos says:
  • As a temporay art display, this is amazing. Creates a sense of “you only see it if someone points it out to you” scenario. Not practical in real life use.

    Jo says:
  • That’s funny…
    Were the people you have mentioned were blind or invisible themselves?????

    to What... says:
  • All these people not being able to see the fence must sit down and think again….if it reflects the landscape in front of it…certainly my reflection will also be visable…why would I want to walk into myself…stand in front of your mirror in your dressing room…would you try to walk into it…i did not think so.

    Nico says:

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