Stratum Pier

Kendall Buster, American, b. 1954, Stratum Pier, 2010, concrete, steel, fiberglass. Commissioned by the Indianapolis Museum of Art, Courtesy of the Artist


Stratum Pier consists of a series of organically shaped and layered platforms at the water’s edge that provides a vantage for observing the expansive 35-acre lake and woodlands. The design of the emerald green fiberglass and steel structure suggest a topographical map with stacked layers that merge with the environment and appear to be an extrusion from the shoreline. Terracing and curved edges reference the natural processes of erosion and layered growth. Sponsored by the Indianapolis Foundation, a CICF affiliate.

About the Artist

Kendall Buster (b. 1954) studied microbiology and received a degree in Medical Technology before pursuing an education in art. She earned a B.F.A. from the Corcoran College of Art and Design and a M.F.A. in Sculpture from Yale University and participated in the Whitney Museum’s Independent Study Studio Program. Buster’s large-scale “biological architecture” sculpture projects have been exhibited in numerous venues including the Hirshhorn Museum and the Kreeger Museum in Washington, DC; the Kemper Museum in Kansas City, MO.; and the Bahnhof Westend in Berlin, Germany. She is currently working on a project for architect Will Bruder’s Agave Branch Library in Phoenix, AZ. Buster lives and works in Richmond, VA, and teaches at Virginia Commonwealth University.