Vermont, USA

The name Vermont derives from the French words for green mountains, and in fall the green turns into an encompassing expanse of color that spills from hilltops to the valley floors below. Every shade, tone, and hue – from intense yellow to burgundy – can be found in the foliage. The color of the fall foliage in Vermont is magnified by the landscape: sugar maple trees, covered bridges over white water streams, mountain views, rugged ravines, and waterfalls. The forests of Vermont are extensive, covering the majority of the state. The most colorful trees are the most common and include maple, oak, birch, beech and ash.

In this context, Ivan Juarez has produced a series of landscape observatories, conceiving them as interactive and sensitive pieces that explore the natural environment -fall foliage-in Vermont, through personal experience. They are a series of site-specific interventions in which the relationship with the environment is the essence of the work. A dialogue with the unique symphony of colors in which each day nature brings different colors to the trees.

stained glass window. fall foliage.

A piece formed by multiple leaves from fall foliage in Vermont —integrated fragments forming a colorful mosaic—where diverse varieties of leaves dissolve together in a light canvas of multiple ranges and textures. The piece creates a fragile membrane suspended in a window between the interior and the exterior landscape. A piece conceived by the landscape itself is generated through a mosaic of different shades of red leaves, as small fragments that interlace and dilute in a natural canvas.
The leaves, gathered from under different species of trees – Red Maple, one of the most common and widespread deciduous trees of eastern North America; Burning bush, one of the most popular deciduous landscape shrubs grown in the United States; and the American mountain ash tree, a native tree to Northeastern North America – are suspended in a mantle that sits between the landscape and sunlight, interrupting it and filtering natural light. Throughout the day, the light varies, generating different reflections and colors. The piece’s natural color lights contrast with bright daylight.