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Rebecca Herman & Mark Shoffner

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Village Green (Brooklyn Bridge Park)
Village Green (Brooklyn Bridge Park)
Our work draws on architecture not designed by architects and sculptural works not designed by sculptors. We are interested in how vernacular sculptural and architectural forms develop out of a desire to influence behaviors in society.

We have collaborated on sculptures, videos, and installations since 1999. Over the past two years, we have focused on creating site-specific sculptures in a variety of unusual locations. Our current series of sculptures relates historical means of punishment, trapping, and public shaming to social engineering in contemporary society.
Village Green (detail)
Village Green (detail)
Above and left:
"Village Green (Brooklyn Bridge Park)," 2005, is site-specific sculpture, inspired by American colonial pillories or “stocks,” that was installed on the beach of Brooklyn Bridge Park. "Village Green" relates American colonial history to the design and use of public spaces in contemporary society. The sculpture also functions as a makeshift self-imposed jail, and the public was invited to a “self-shaming” event.
Hunting Blind
Hunting Blind
Reintroduction of the Beaver (still)
Reintroduction of the Beaver (still)
People Trap No. 1 (Brooklyn)
People Trap No. 1 (Brooklyn)
"Hunting Blind" (Image 4) is a sculpture that was installed below a public hiking trail in the Catskill Center’s Platte Clove nature preserve. The sculpture was designed to surprise passersby and as they find themselves in the position of the hunter’s prey. "Hunting Blind" explored humans’ “animalistic” means of adapting to challenges in their environments. As the sculpture is not camouflaged to the human eye, it is a reminder of surveillance, even in the most unlikely and bucolic of places.

"Hunting Blind" was also constructed as the main set piece for the video "The Reintroduction of the Beaver."

"The Reintroduction of the Beaver," (Image 5) which follows the struggles between a naturalist and a beaver as he attempts to re-introduce the animal into the wild. This video still shows the beaver entering the naturalist’s observation blind, as the animal begins to assert her natural advantages in the wild. As they exchange roles, the beaver removes her tracking bracelet and locks it onto the naturalist’s ankle.
Combining so-called "primitive" forms, natural materials, and non-pedigreed architecture, we transform familiar structures from different eras and geographies into unsettling contemporary landscapes.
People Trap No. 1 (detail)
People Trap No. 1 (detail)
Above and left:
"People Trap" is the first in a new series of hanging sculptures inspired by animal traps made with natural materials and “primitive” construction techniques. This trap is made on a human scale, as if to catch an unwitting pedestrian passing underneath the tree. "People Trap" also references animals’ and humans’ means of adaptation to challenges in their environments and their ability to use devious means to control territories.
Rebecca Herman and Mark Shoffner
Studio: 60 N. 6th Street
Brooklyn, NY
Long Island City NY
New York
North America


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Rebecca Herman and Mark Shoffner
The Reintroduction of the Beaver
People Trap No. 1 (McCarren Park, Brooklyn)
Village Green (Brooklyn Bridge Park)
Broadcast Hut Network
Beaver Space Program
Secret Life of the Beaver
Samurai Movie
The Autobiography of a Beaver
Easy-to-Draw Dictators
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