1991 - 1999
28 X 22 X 2 ft compressed peat moss, Location: empty Greek
Theatre reflecting pool, Cranbrook Educational community grounds,
I built this sculpture using compressed Canadian spagnum peat moss as a
substitute for Irish turf which was used extensively as a fuel to heat
the cottages of rural, historical Ireland. I like peat or turf's
alchemical and transformative connotations and the reference to bogs
which can act as preservation tanks.
The labyrinth is symbolic of the journey of the soul...
Hogfuel Horns or Bull's Horn Hogfuel-
15ft X 12ft X 3ft 1992, University of British Columbia, Malcolm Knapp Research Forest
Cedar bark mulch or 'hogfuel' - a waste product from the
lumber industry This U-shaped symbol is a sign of regeneration, and is
a reference to the temple of Minos, Crete. The sculpture was sited in a
research forest and is oriented to dialogue with the piles of 'slash
and burn' and the fertile Fraser Valley of Vancouver's lower mainland,
360ft (length) X 4 ft (width) Planted Penawawa Spring Wheat, 1993 Whitman College, Walla Walla, Washington
Wheat was planted in a serpentine formation on the college
green, outside of the gallery, where I created an indoor sculpture (a
walk-in architectural space, made out of 300 bales of wheat straw). The
ground was rototiller-ed in June and the seeds planted for full harvest
the following September. (golden yellow image - as seen from above).
The Dragon's Tail
126 ft (length) X 11ft (height) tapering to 3ft (height) 1995 - 97 X 4ft to 2ft (in width)
Penn State University, Reading, Pennsylvania, USA,
Included in the Exhibition TIMEFRAMES , Albright College, PA, 1997.
Rammed Earth enhanced with iron oxide; timbers fallen at
construction site This sculpture addresses the changes brought to the
Pennsylvania State University college campus in Berks country, PA, by
the newly constructed freeway and sound barrier wall adjacent to
campus. The "tail" symbolizes the change/chaos/re-creation of a
dragon's energy…traveling down the slope and acting as a
continuation and yet, diversion, of the original concrete sound
barrier. The sculpture was sited for two years, during which time it
disintegrated gradually back into the earth. I wanted the piece to
reflect the spirit of the historic arboretum, situated directly
opposite, on another hill on the other side of the campus.
Terra Flux - collaboration with David Scott-Risner
8 X 8 X 8 ft cube 1998, Horsehead International Sculpture Exhibition
Location: Empty toxic waste storage facility, at abandoned Sandpoint Naval base, Seattle, Washington
This cube was made with compressed soil, the interior of
which is a hollow column (built from marine-grade plywood) filled with
water which was released into the soil cube through a series of weep
holes and sprayers. Seeds imbedded in the soil, both wild and inserted,
grew over a four month period, thus, changing the earth cube as an
intended part of the sculpture. The entire concrete basin was 'washed'
with a spray from the PVC piping along its length - set to a timer,
every hour. A pump funneled the water into the column itself. The sound
of the water, the birds and insects which gathered, including a host of
dragonfly larvae, all became a part of this living sculpture.
Waters of Life
1999 for Horsehead International Sculpture Exhibition with British Columbia Arts Council Funding
Location: The existing concrete steps/slopes between two water reservoirs for the City of Belfast. The Waterworks 'park', off Antrim Rd. North Belfast, N. Ireland
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