Saturday, February 14, 2009

Cast-off Industrial Arch Room model

Meadow and I worked on this piece on Thursday, Feb. 12, 2009
and we call it “Cast Off-Industrial Arch Room.”

The piece derives from Meadow’s Green Wood Spirits Series and
my Nature versus Technology installations.

This is a model of a larger piece that the overall structure
will resemble a large outline arch passageway and square
room built from natural and recycled twigs or tree saplings.
Additional branches will be laid across the top providing
a structure to support the cast-off wires and cables and re-used CDs.

The viewer’s attention is drawn to the beauty and simplicity of the
natural lines of the strong outside structure by wrapping them
with thousands of miniature lights.

Lighting is an important element in the piece; casting dramatic shadows
on the landscape, silhouetting the powerfulness of the form and
reflecting on the CD’s as they revolve in the wind, producing rainbows
and color flashes that resemble a cosmic sunset.

The cast-off wires and cables individually hung down in even rows from
the overhead branches create pathways from former industrial production.
They were collected from years of computer users, old equipments,
and bygone electronics that focus attention on the wasted resources
thrown away on a daily basis. The viewer is drawn to the charming
quality and uniqueness of the wires themselves as the playfully dance
ever waiting instruction to perform their intended tasks of yesteryear.

Through the “Cast Off-Industrial Arch Room” installation our intention
is to evoke the industrial era by re-using supplies produced by the early
manufacturing companies. At the same time, to establish the creative
potential and richness of cast-off materials and natural resources for
works of art.

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