Jess Perlitz

MINI GOLF – a social practice:  H#5

Jess Perlitz: Pipe Rainbow

This hole is a Pipe Rainbow. A Pipe Rainbow could be an improvised explosive device.  But instead, this one is a symbol. Let’s talk about our formation and use of symbols – the actual symbolic mechanism. In distilled moments like this situation, when rubble becomes precious and mini-golf suspends reality, our use of the symbolic gives us a way to talk about what we want. For example, as you crouch under that rainbow to putt, the utopian ideals permeating discussions of urban development and art-as-social- practice can be considered. This pipe rainbow also provides a path for your golf ball.


Playing Tips:

  • This is a par-3 hole (minus the frustration)
  • Pipe Rainbow is a pipe dream of getting past the tube.
  • Try using your putter like a pool cue!
  • Once the ball is in the tube, pull the leaver to release your ball.

Jess Perlitz is a Canadian artist currently working in Philadelphia, PA.  She received her MFA from Tyler School of Art (2009) and her BA from Bard College (2000).  Jess has exhibited at venues such as Tiger Strikes Asteroid (Philadelphia, PA), Arlington Arts Center (Arlington, VA), Cue Arts Foundation (NY, NY) and the Canadian Sculpture Centre (Toronto, Ontario).  She has been the recipient of numerous awards including the Joan Mitchell Foundation MFA Award, Socrates Sculpture Park Emerging Artist Fellowship and the Franconia Sculpture Park Open Studio Residency.  Jess was most recently a participant in Community of Community at the Queens Museum in NY. Whether it’s through sculptures that function like absurd weapons or performative inventions like rotating slowly as a disco lump, Jess’ work has always been focused on cultivating engagement and within that, considering voice.  She currently teaches at Tyler School of Art at Temple University and Arcadia University in Philadelphia.

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ARCH 425: Team Peter Walker

6×6 is 1 of 11 installations by Associate Professor Elise Shelley’s ARCH 425 students. ARCH 425 is a 4th year course at Waterloo Architecture that investigates the modern designed landscape in connection with nature, social issues, and environmentalism.

Location: rare Charitable Research ReserveSite 11

Group Members:

1 Fish Zachary
2 Gray Braden
3 Kim Sung-Jun Mark
4 Moghaddam Matin
5 Wenzel Stephen


Emerging from the tall grass the teasel plant stands proud. Originally imported from Europe for widespread use in the textile industry this non-native species is now considered invasive. 6 x 6 embodies this idea of human induced invasion, imposing the order of the city into nature, a grid of columns juxtaposed with the natural landscape. Each post is a minimalist interpretation of the biannual teasel, investigating the cyclical changes of form, collecting solar energy during the day and glowing each night. The uniform grid reinforces the rolling topography while the lights illuminate the landscape at night, acting as a beacon for the Common Ground installations at RARE, to all the cars that pass by.









Photographs Provided by the Artists courtesy of Waterloo Architecture.
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