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Daniel G. Baird, Vessel (Left), 2019, patinated cast bronze, 12 × 7 × 5".

Daniel G. Baird

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A long, thin, rectilinear basin traced the perimeter of the gallery at the intersection of the walls and floor in Daniel Baird’s immersive allegorical environment murmur, 2019. Occupying the position normally held by a baseboard radiator, the basin contained a submerged collection of pumps and hoses. Pushed up against the gallery’s outer wall, on the floor, was an absurdly long power strip whose glowing red light confirmed that a live electrical current was running through the attached tangle of black cords, enabling water to travel from a holding tank up to ten spigots, most mounted on the right-hand wall. In the dimly lit space, the continuous rhythm of this domestic-scaled fountain, with its dripping water and hum of small aquarium pumps, was visually punctuated by these figurative fountainheads—nine of which were metal casts of replete daffodil blooms—distributed like musical notes

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