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Project Overview

In November 2011, Shreveport, Louisiana will welcome its first Sustainable Public Art Project for the Riverwalk Park.  I am excited about the opportunity to work on a solar powered sculpture installation that enhances the community.  I am a sculptor and installation artist with a a particular affinity for plants, other natural forms and light.  I have coupled my interest in the natural world with a fascination for technical and scientific advances.  My work seeks both the representational and symbolic - based on the continuous interplay of nature, humanity and technology - and the evolutionary effect each plays on the other. My unique style has evolved to reflect my understanding of the natural world, by using heavy industrial metals, laser jet cutting methods and botanical inspired designs to create solar powered sustainable sculptures.

The sculpture for the City Park is Safe Harbor.  Safe Harbor took its cues from the port or harbor that is the traditional refuge or docking station for ships, a bollard is utilized to secure a ship to a safe harbor and the buoy is a floatation device frequently used to mark direction - away from dangerous waters and the beacon for a safe passage. The historical cast iron bollard that is used in this piece is tethered by hand wrought aluminum chains to a sleek, oversized contemporary buoy that has been laser cut to let an interior light shine through. The materials used to fabricate the sculpture are 120 industrial grade aluminum laser cut panels that have been re-fabricated and welded to an aluminum armature.  The heavy lucite panels have been riveted to the interior structure and allow a vibrant light to shine through at night.  Solar panels capture the light during the day, stored then used at night to illuminate the sculpture.

I have imitated this quality of extreme contrast that I find in nature through the creation of bulky sculptures made of metal with intermittent moments of thin translucent lucite or glass, creating an odd feeling of weighted light as  captured solar light illuminates from within. Although normally considered to be weightless and free, in my work,  light has been trapped inside a hard dark cell. Though restricted to its’ metal case, the small inner glow is still allowed to share its’ beauty through the patterned panes of open space, making us aware that this element is just as powerful as the contrasting materials outwardly used for the sculpture’s creation. The limitation of space does not restrict the light’s ability or influence, allowing two opposing forces to work together.

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