Site Specific install on beach
Termitaria Install at Mentor Marina Beach Park
The above two pictures are of the first install (on that day) of my "termitaria" structures. I chose a linear construction for my first attempt for I wanted to see how the pieces looked against the natural backdrop.
For the second install I tried clumping them together. As I make more of these pieces in the future, I hope to use them in more complex and intricate patterns. As of now, I still struggle with allowing my works to be more free flowing and hence more "natural" or structured and hence more like a man made sculpture. In other words, I struggle to find the balance between order and more flee flowing chaotic patterns.
For the third and final install I chose a more random placement of the "termitaria" structures. In the future I would like to make these structures much larger so that they will have a more commanding presence when either installed out in nature or in a gallery.
The above install took place at the Mentor Marina Park. To get these pieces down to the beach we (my girlfriend and I) had to haul them in a large lawn wagon about a mile or so down a trail. The hardest part was carrying them down the final steep slope which leads to the beach. I was worried that if I took the wagon down the slope it would either careen out of control or flip over. I am not sure how many trips up and down the hill I made -- enough to make it seem like a considerable work out that is for sure.
In its entirety, the temporary install took several hours to complete. My favorite part of the day is when a couple of children took great delight in what I was doing. They got up close to the work and couldn't resist touching the various pieces. I would like to have taken more time to experiment with other setups of these pieces, but rain clouds threatened in the distance. Good thing I hurried too, for as soon as we got back to the car, it began to sprinkle. Summer 2012.