Unveiling new works from AD—WO

and Jon Lott / Para Project in the Sculpture & Architecture Park 


Rendering of Jon Lott / Para Project: Bivouac for Models. Courtesy Jon Lott. 


Ghent, NY — On Saturday, June 10 from 1-3 PM Art Omi invites the public to join in celebrating the opening of two new architectural installations in the Sculpture & Architecture Park, AD—WO: Groundwork and Jon Lott / Para Project: Bivouac for Models. The event is free to attend and no advanced registration is required.

Groundwork, conceived by designers AD—WO as a thickening of the earth in local stone and wildflowers, moves in concert with the annual freeze-thaw cycles on the site of the installation that push boulders to the surface of the earth. Suspended between the material histories embedded in the ground and the immaterial practices inherited by generations of Indigenous stewards the installation is composed of two intersecting forms: the first, a slightly irregular square composed of tightly packed local stone, is transformed by the second, a shadow created by a dark patch of flowers and grasses. Over the course of a year, the planting will transform from dormant and invisible to vibrant and immersive.

Bivouac for Models is a pairing of model-scale and full-scale architectures by Jon Lott / Para Project. Taking its title from the “bivouac”—the French term for a makeshift structure made of branches, leaves, and ferns often fashioned by soldiers taking shelter from the elements overnight during prolonged battles—the building acts as a shelter for a small-scale model of a similar Jon Lott design. Tucked into a wooded section of Art Omi’s grounds, this intentional pairing of architectures of different sizes highlights the scalar shifts which occur between different stages of the design process. By housing a model of an as-yet unrealized building, Bivouac for Models acts as a space where new modes of discourse and object making are sheltered from the corrosive forces of time and history to which they would otherwise be lost.


Rendering of AD—WO: Groundwork. Courtesy AD—WO.



AD—WO is an art and architecture practice based in New York City, and by extension, between Melbourne and Addis Ababa. The practice examines how space is imaged and valued through art, design, and curatorial interventions. Founded in 2015 by Jen Wood and Emanuel Admassu, AD—WO has undertaken projects in Ethiopia, Tanzania, Germany, Italy, and the United States.

Their work has been exhibited at the Museum of Modern Art in New York (2021), Art Omi (2019), Architekturmuseum der TU München (2018), and Studio Museum in Harlem (2017). AD—WO’s work is in the permanent collections of the Art Institute of Chicago and the High Museum of Art (Atlanta).



Para Project is a studio for architecture in Amenia, NY and Cambridge, MA, led by principal, Jon Lott. Each project is a collaborative effort between a wide range of constituents, guided by the specific needs and curiosities of diverse clientele. PARA works on projects of varying scales and media: from cultural, institutional, and residential work, to events, and international competitions.

Their work has been published in the New York Timesthe LA TimesNew York MagazineHarvard Design MagazineArchitectural RecordMetropolisDomusthe Architect’s Newspapera+uFormAzureIWInterior DesignMARKFramePerspective, Surface306090, Exclama!, and in books American City X by Princeton Architectural Press (2014); Shopping Now by Taschen (2010); PROOF by Princeton Architectural Press; and How Architecture Learned to Speculate (2009).

AD—WO: Groundwork and Jon Lott / Para Project: Bivouac for Models are curated by Julia van den Hout, Art Omi Architecture Curator.


Since its founding in 1992, Art Omi has supported international artists across disciplines, serving as a lab space that nurtures and commissions forward-thinking projects in nascent stages of development and catalyzes expanded contexts for significant works due for critical reappraisal.

Art Omi is a not-for-profit arts center in the Hudson Valley, 2.5 hours driving distance from New York City, featuring over 60 large-scale works in nature throughout its 120-acre Sculpture & Architecture Park, contemporary art exhibitions in the Newmark Gallery, five residency programs – Art Omi: Architecture, Art Omi: Artists, Art Omi: Dance, Art Omi: Music, and Art Omi: Writers – hosting artists from around the world, and a thriving arts education program serving people of all ages and abilities. Art Omi is free to all, with grounds open every day, from dawn to dusk, year-round. 


Art Omi believes that exposure to internationally diverse creative voices working across a range of disciplines fosters acceptance and respect, raises awareness, inspires innovation, and ignites change. By forming community with creative expression as its common denominator, Art Omi creates a sanctuary for the artistic community and the public to affirm the transformative quality of art. 



Art Omi’s programs are made possible by the New York State Council on the Arts with the support of the Office of the Governor and the New York State Legislature. Additional program support is provided by the Ruth Foundation for the Arts.



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