Smithsonian’s National Zoo - Washington, D.C.
(Sept. 2018 - Present)
The Colony Expanse installation is a kinetic art piece meant to represent the fragility and complexities of colony movement and population expansion. It is a representation of a swarm in nature. The installation consists of 193 hand-painted bees on wooden boards – each one represents a member state of the United Nations. The longer these boards stay exposed to the elements, the more they will deteriorate. This fluid piece shows the difficulties the bees are facing in our changing environment and how the current situation is an imbalance as the bees are trying to exist in a human-centric world.
This piece started out as an attempt to engage the masses in an altruistic vision. It is shifting over time as a piece reflecting the current ‘climate’ on all fronts. The artist believes that part of the key to effective conservation is to get more comfortable with change and fragility – to lean into elements of connectivity, no matter how uncomfortable, rather than that which divides us.
Dag Hammarskjöld Plaza - New York, NY
(May 2018 - Sept. 2018)