Twenty computer controlled units are designed as Victorian coffee tables with molded edges and cabriole legs, painted black to suggest mortuary furniture, and each house an electronic and mechanical system. Atop the tables are clay mounds fired from red earth gathered at a contaminated superfund site in Utah. Through the mounds a single black blade of spring steel “grass” un-spools upward to the gallery ceiling, mimicking the growth of grass. The Utah artist’s intention is to create an interaction of technology, nature and culture, and show how we, as a society, use tangible technological explanations to describe the natural world. Catalogue, essay by Jim Edwards.
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