Drawing/Painting
Fairy Ring

Fairy Ring, 2016

Recycled plastic lids and steel

This temporary installation was created for Earth Day 2016 to bring awareness to the harmful effects of plastic on our planet. It was installed on the academic quad of Lebanon Valley College, Annville, PA.

Certain mushroom species grow in circular patterns in open grassy places. In ancient folklore it was believed that mushrooms grew where fairies had once danced. In reality these types of mushrooms are predators. As the ring gets larger and spreads outward more mushrooms appear. Their hidden roots—the mycelium—consume nutrients from the soil thus starving the grass. This simulated fairy ring has a similar agenda. Because it was created using discarded plastic lids it will eventually break down into tiny micro-plastic that include various chemicals leaving a trail of destruction in the soil and the surrounding water.

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Seeds of Knowledge

Seeds of Knowledge, 2015

Ceramic and steel, 11' x 5' x 5'

Public Art Commission, Lebanon Valley College, Allan W. Mund College Center, Annville, PA

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Dead Zone, 2015-2016

Dead Zone, 2015-2016

Plastic water bottles, staples, monofilament - Dimensions variable

Temporary installation created with my Fall 2015 Sculpture I students in the Lynch Memorial Hall atrium, Lebanon Valley College, Annville, PA.

Conceived for Earth Day, the symbolic “ocean” was constructed of plastic bottles collected from campus over the course of the semester. The installation was to bring awareness and attention to the abundance of plastic that potentially ends up in large, swirling gyres in the ocean.

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Three Bowers, 2010

Three Bowers, 2010

Found wood and found objects, Various dimensions

Designed for The Bascom Center for Art in Highlands, NC

Placed at three sites: The Bascom, the Green Trail and the Nature Center

Created with the help of volunteers.

The public was invited to place objects inside the Bowers.

What is a Bower?

Bower Birds, found in Australia and Papua New Guinea, are named for the extravagant structures they build to woo females. As part of their courting strategy, the birds meticulously build a structure resembling an arbor, or bower constructed mostly of twigs. Inside the bower, the male bird places shiny and colorful objects, creating an artfully decorated platform to attract a female.

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Wish Tree, 2012

Wish Tree, 2012

Papier-mâché, modeling compound, oil paint, paper, wire, Dimensions variable

A sculptural installation of simulated tree branches was created for Earth Day 2012 at Lebanon Valley College, Annville, PA. The viewer is asked to write their "wish" for the environment on an orange circular disk that resembles fruit. The viewer then places the "fruit" on the wish tree. The installation is my interpretation of Yoko Ono's original Wish Tree created in the 1980's.

What is a Wish Tree?

A wish tree is an individual tree, usually distinguished by species, position or appearance, which is used as an object of wishes and offerings. Such trees are identified as possessing a special religious or spiritual value. By tradition, believers make votive offerings in order to gain from that nature spirit, saint or goddess fulfillment of a wish.

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Ladies in Waiting, 2002

Ladies in Waiting, 2002

Patinaed bronze, 95 x 124 x 16 inches

Public Art Commission Concourse E, Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta Airport, City of Atlanta, Atlanta, GA. (budget: $26,000)

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