Hutabut LLC

While Matthew Geller's public artwork is visually eclectic, functional through lines consistently provide moments of respite, contemplation, and interaction befitting the site's context. By considering behavioral design and combining strong visuals and dynamic elements (activated by people and changes in ambient light and weather), the resulting work is in constant flux. The idea is to surprise while fostering a sense of community around an unlikely object or site.

He purposefully uses materials from the everyday environment—anything from benches, to swings, to canopies, to pipes—and brings them into the realm of art. He creates a level of connection to the familiar while highlighting elements of awe and beguilement to make a micro public square or landmark that encourages creative patterns of use.

More information on Frick Park can be found here.

Matthew's final design for a folly in the landscape takes its visual cues from the elegant castle-like entrances of the park's original estate and the whimsical qualities of a merry-go-round. This participatory artwork creates a landmark, a gathering place, and a transition space between the active perimeter of the park and the sweeping natural views beyond.

Site preparation is anticipated to begin by early August 2022, with installation taking place in September.

Art in Parks installation in Frick Park

Frick Park Art in Parks Community Meeting

Held Wednesday, Feb 16 2022

View the video of this meeting here.

This project received a RADical ImPAct Grant from the Allegheny Regional Asset District (RAD).