Vivian Beer was chosen to place her sculpture, Rustle Diptych II, in Winslow Park, at the corner of Baxter Boulevard and Temple Street in 2008. She contributed Cloud Couch as a companion piece for Rustle Diptych II. Cloud Couch is white painted steel sculptural seating and evokes both clouds and waves.
Winslow Park was for many years the home of a carved wooden sculpture, Milkweed Pod (1975), by Maine sculptor Clark Fitzgerald. Carved from a Deering Oaks Park log, it was installed as a temporary piece in the park. It became so popular, however, it was eventually moved to Winslow Park and became a part of the City’s permanent public art collection. The sculpture gradually rotted and eventually blew down in a strong wind. The Portland Public Art Committee, instead of pursuing a new commission, decided to replace it with an existing sculpture by a Maine-based artist, and Beer’s work was chosen.
Vivian Beer speaks about Cloud Couch at Rustle Diptych II :