A Moving Story
Artist Chris Larson replicates Edward Larrabee Barnes’ home
When artist Chris Larson heard the fantastic tale of Katonah’s relocation in the late 19th century, he knew he had stumbled upon a strange and inspiring story. Forced from their original location by the building of the Cross River Reservoir, the townspeople came up with a plan—they would lift their homes onto logs, raising them to be pulled by horses along soap-slicked timbers and re-sited in present-day Katonah.
Tying this remarkable history to the building of the Katonah Museum of Art by local architect Edward Larrabee Barnes, Larson will replicate Barnes’ private Mount Kisco home to scale in the sculpture garden. With a nod to the past, Larson will build the white modernist structure on logs, and with a wink to artistic license, he will redesign the Barnes building so that a few of the Katonah Museum’s enormous spruce trees pierce through it. He will create additional works, some cast from soap, responding directly to Katonah history and culture.
Larson, a multimedia artist known for his aspiring constructions that respond to architectural environments and histories, works on a dramatic scale. He was a 2014 Whitney biennialist. The Katonah Relocation Project at the Katonah Museum of Art opens March 29, 2015.