“We have no idea what we will find when we are able to return,” Kathy Halbreich, the Rauschenberg Foundation’s executive director, told The New York Times, according to The Art Newspaper.
Until then, while awaiting the fate of the Rauschenberg Residency’s cottage colony, mindful of the area’s immeasurable losses and flood of television images of chaos and destruction, here are a few looks at the remarkable collection he assembled since he first arrived on Captiva during the late 1960s. As well as his art now found in the world’s museums, Rauschenberg spent four decades preserving the island’s buildings and settings, describing Captiva as “The foundation of my life and my work; it is the source and reserve of my energies.”
Since its inception in 2012, the Rauschenberg’s Residency program has hosted as many as 100 artists and scholars annually, until it was interrupted by the pandemic. Even though several years have passed since my visit to the 20-acre retreat, it is a place that never leaves your mind. The sky. The air. The light. The magic.
Along the Jungle Road
Zoned for 53-units and wanting to keep as much of property’s earliest plantings, Rauschenberg engineered the Jungle Road as a “meandering path,” from the barrier island’s Captiva Drive west to his Beach House on the gulf.