our work as artists is the conviction that a reassessment of the
human relationship with nature is key to addressing our current
environmental crisis. Our civilization has a fundamental “crisis
of perception” in regard to the natural environment. It is
precisely our perceptual failings that have led us to degrade our
environment. We call for a new perception of nature - one that emphasizes
the vast web of relationships that constitutes life on earth.
design forms that embody the fractal patterning of biological forms.
The morphologies of fungi, lichens, sponges, and trees all serve
as sources of inspiration. We utilize iterative shapes, scaling,
and asymmetry to create sculpture with a sense of biological urgency
- imbuing the inanimate with the uniquely animate attributes of
growth, movement, and development.
to the work unfolds physically, through spatial interaction and
contact; intellectually, through the perception of formal relationships;
and emotionally, through the interpretation of the whole. By interacting
with the sculpture, the viewer’s imagination opens to a perception
of organic development,
thereby increasing awareness of the dynamics of the natural
Our work is aimed
at reawakening a sense of the emotional and substantive relationship
with nature that has been sublimated in our society. To see ourselves
as part of a vast, global ecosystem is to recognize the ubiquity
of our interdependence - both among ourselves in our social relations,
and between us and the animate world within which we are embedded.
can open our minds, hearts, and spirits. If we are to reconnect
to our relationship with nature (as we must), we need reminders
in urban areas. We designed Morphogenesis for the courtyard
of the Performing Arts Center in Chico, CA because this site was
exemplary of the types of barren public spaces that characterize
our urban environments.
alienating effect of authoritarian architecture obstructs our relationships
with each other and with the natural environment. Morphogenesis
introduces a dynamic and inviting organic form into an otherwise
static and previously underutilized environment, activating the
space both formally and through human interaction.