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The columns and arches of cathedrals and monasteries were inspired by the trees of ancient sacred groves. Making arches with bare cedar branches, environmental artists Howard and Mary McCoy created “Cedar Colonnade” in the Academy Art Museum’s courtyard. Bridging nature and architecture, this site-specific installation lent the space the atmosphere of a medieval abbey cloister while intimating one of the primary functions of an art museum—to provide a non-sectarian, modern-day space for contemplation and spiritual experience. Viewed from inside the Museum, the branches cast shadows across the blinds and floor that changed throughout the day.