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IN SITU ASSEMBLY NO. 1, July 27, 2014.
This was my first on site sculpture, built where I found my material. I assembled this piece on a beach on the Potomac River and chose the site so the structure would be partially submerged during high tide and fall apart. Shapes and sizes determined my picks of wood and their relationship to eachother was intuitive and evolutionary. These were fit together without hardware. As a temporary structure it left no trace after it desintegrated. The site and the sculpture's relationship to the environment was central to this work.
IN SITU ASSEMBLY NO. 3, October 27, 2014.
This cantilevered structure was the second piece made with the assistance of Robin Croft. Robin helped haul materials and do some heavy lifting, while working on his own sculpture near by. This piece was built at low tide so that it would stand in water at high tide.
IN SITU ASSEMBLY NO. 2, October 27, 2014.
Built at high tide on the water's edge, this was the result of a day of collaboration with Robin Croft, an artist colleague who, for years, has constructed sculptures in natural settings. The young tree trunks served as frames for stacks of driftwood. Robin assembled the middle structure and I built the two outside assemblies.
REFUGEES, In Situ Assembly No. 4, April 24-25, 2016.
Robin Croft and I collaborated on this homage to asylum seekers around the world, fleeing wars and devastation. We wanted to evoke the image of boat people landing as well as refugees trudging up river to Washington D.C. Visible from the George Washington Parkway in Virginia, we hoped this group would catch drivers off guard and provoke some thought.