Limpetuous

developed in collaboration with Beverly Weiss, 2001

PROPOSAL FOR A SCULPTURAL ARRAY BASED ON THEMES FROM NATURE FOR
THE PITTSBURGH CHILDREN’S MUSEUM AND CENTER

We propose to fabricate and install a large-scale, outdoor sculptural array based on biological growth patterns. The design is inspired by the forms of certain fungi and the microscopic surface textures of insects. The entire work is comprised of variously sized conical forms. The conical forms become bowl forms when inverted. Both aspects are used to develop a spreading, organic form with growing regions [tendrils], maturing regions [central cone regions], and reproductive regions [towers].

By presenting an enlarged view of the types of minute organisms that play essential parts in the ecology and the physical shaping of the landscape, this work encourages awareness of the workings of nature that are ostensibly discrete yet profound in effect. And of course, by climbing on it, children gain an immediate, hands-on intimacy with the underlying concepts.

The organic quality of our sculpture is also part and parcel to the actual creation of the work. The maquette represented in our photo serves as a sketch for the basic features and format of the installation. The final aesthetic is achieved through process and development in the course of fabrication and construction.

The scale of the project is influenced by site selection. The proposed design requires an area of 30’ x 30.’ However, the design’s fractal quality lends itself to change in scale without a change in its essential format.

 
 
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