Sep 9–Dec 17, 2006

Fertilizers: Olin/Eisenman


Fertilizers: Olin/Eisenman is a site-specific commissioned installation by landscape architect Laurie Olin and architect Peter Eisenman in ICA’s second-floor galleries on view September 9–December 17, 2006.

Laurie Olin and Peter Eisenman have designed an environmental installation that will transform ICA’s gallery. During their twenty-five years of collaboration, Olin and Eisenman have developed a unique approach to site development where neither the building nor the surrounding environment is given priority. Reminiscent of several key elements of the partners’ many unbuilt projects, an abstract landscape of diverse forms and displaced ground fill the space.

In the larger architectural field, it is unusual for both landscape and building architects to have such a fruitful and generative relationship. Through their respective practices, Olin and Eisenman have developed a unique language and new terminologies for their thoroughly integrated approach to site development where neither the building nor the surrounding environment is given priority, but materialize in necessary coexistence. Their built projects include the Wexner Center for the Arts, Ohio State University, Columbus, Ohio, and the Holocaust Memorial in Berlin, Germany.
Fertilizers 1Fertilizers 2Fertilizers 3Fertilizers 4

Books & Editions
Fertilizers: Olin/Eisenman documents their collaborative works and is published on the occasion of a commissioned project for the Institute of Contemporary Art in 2006. An essay by historian Julia Czerniak chronicles Eisenman and Olin’s built and unbuilt projects. Also included are an introduction by Claudia Gould, ICA Daniel W. Dietrich, II Director, and texts and images detailing the collaborative projects
$25, ISBN 0884541096
Publication Date
Institute of Contemporary Art, University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia
ICA is grateful for the generous support of the Philadelphia Exhibitions Initiative (PEI), funded by The Pew Charitable Trusts and administered by the University of the Arts. We are also grateful for funding from Elise Jaffe + Jeffrey Brown and the Goldberg Foundation, Inc. ICA acknowledges support awarded by: Amuneal Manufacturing Corp.; The Accent on Architecture Grants Program, supported by grants from the American Architectural Foundation, CNA Insurance Companies and Victor O. Schinnerer & Company, Inc.; Atkin Olshin LawsonBell Architects; Ballinger; KieranTimberlake Associates LLP; MGA Partners, Architects; and Minima Inc. Additional funding has been provided by The Horace W. Goldsmith Foundation, the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania Council on the Arts, The Dietrich Foundation, Inc., the Overseers Board for the Institute of Contemporary Art, friends and members of ICA, and the University of Pennsylvania. ICA is also grateful for inkind support from Loews Philadelphia Hotel.