Secret Garden

WPA member artist, Tom Block, presented Secret Garden, an installation of drawings and ideas inspired by the teachings of the Sufi mystics of Islam. The installation of over 300 pieces spared no space within our office headquarters!

'Secret Garden' uses the teachings of the Sufi mystics of Islam as inspiration to create the installation. The exhibit is comprised of 350 small (7" x 5" and 6" x 4") panels, arrayed around the four walls of the gallery. Centered around the form of the circle, which visually holds together the series as well as most facilely represents the underlying theme of the Sufi Way, 'Secret Garden' includes fragments and collections of other ideas -- some recognizable and some not -- all of which symbolize different manners in which the unity of the universe can be expressed in our temporal world. Mixed in with the drawings are short sayings from Sufi poets throughout the centuries...- Tom Block 

Artist Talk
Friday, May 1st 5:30 - 7:00 pm 


Coup d’Espace is WPA’s member-generated programming series. By inviting member artists and curators to plan installations, exhibitions, and events in its office project space, WPA provides a venue for unusual collaborations, exploration of new concepts, and the production of new and experimental work. Coup d’Espace allows artists and curators to utilize the WPA office as a laboratory or workshop space, to introduce new and in-process projects and present challenging ideas.  

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April 16 - May 8, 2009


2023 Massachusetts Avenue NW
Washington, DC 20036

Opening reception

Thursday, April 16, 2009, 5:30 - 7:30 pm