Neon lighting elements, Western Red Cedar
Installed in Westlake Park in Seattle
64 x 64 x 20 feet
Cranes is a temporary neon light installation in the tree canopy above Westlake Park that represents the explosion of construction cranes in the Seattle skyline. The mast and jib from commercial construction tower cranes are represented as glowing crossed lines suspended in midair, while the angled boom from crawler cranes extends up tree branches towering above the park. Cranes is a reaction to the many dichotomies of Seattle including the art scene and the tech scene, the constructed world and nature, and public spaces and private development.
A public art project within Mad Campus
Site-specific installation at the University of Washington
Grove of trees, fifteen neon tubes, light
Lux Sit is the motto of the University of Washington. Loosely translated from Latin, it means "Let there be light," but it's a translation that has a very passive tone similar to saying "let light continue to exist." This piece aims to honor that passive translation of light into an existing natural space. Lux Sit is a light piece meant to be seen at night that invites different interpretation from different viewing distances. The piece can be seen from 15th Avenue, Memorial Way, and a series of footpaths paved across Parrington Lawn. From afar, the cold white light casts an odd, man-made glow on the grove of trees, illuminating textures on the ground and in the bottom of the canopy. While walking through the piece, the light on the viewer is cast vertically from opposing directions. Up close, the textures of the trees are revealed, like pine needles, bark, and branches.
Neon, wood, electrical field
7 x 2 x 1 ft
When the body's electrical field comes into direct or indirect contact with un-wired neon tubes adjacent to GTO cable, electricity is released in the form of light inside the un-wired tubes. In the detail photo, you can see the orange electrical discharge follow my fingertips at the bare connection between two tubes.
Glass, mineral oil, surgical tubing, silicone, breath
13 x 15 x 18 inches
Glass respiratory system submerged in mineral oil to create the illusion of invisibility, until air is breathed into the system, displacing oil with air and making the lungs visible in metallic bubbles.