14 March 2006

Crystal City




Garden District Meets The Mississippi, 2005, cupric sulfate crystals over steel armature.

This is a sculpture based on a flooding map of New Orleans after Hurricane Katrina. I am working on other waterfronts--I like how the crazy cobalt blue gets so brackish. I like to think of these sculptures as global warming clocks. They decay very slowly because the cupric sulfate is corrosive and attacks the infrastructure. The city eating itself, you know?

In the works: San Diego, a tiny Manhattan, and a Galveston. But slowly. All that cupric sulfate is pricey! Crystal growing is magical and easier than you'd think. More on growing your own crystals can be found here

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