The German language has a word for the seemingly universal appeal of woods, Waldgefuhl, or "forest feeling," which suggests sources of origin and power. Working under tall trees, Chiles also felt a reassuring sense of belonging to a grand ecology.  The screened view of the heavens glimpsed through overhead foliage can suggest Plato’s cave and Nietzsche’s metaphysics: profound truths are revealed only in brief flashes.

-Toby Kamps, Senior Curator, The Menil Collection