Installation shots from SITElines.2016: New Perspectives on Art of the Americas , much wider than a line (July 16, 2016 - Jan. 8, 2017), Courtesy of SITE Santa Fe, Photo: Eric Swanson.
Shown with Preserve #1 and #2
A project in collaboration with Alyssa Baguss, Sun Spot brought together the Mississippi river, the St. Paul Eco District, and solar energy. The installation featured a 15-foot long bench in the shape of an aerial view of the Mississippi flowing through Saint Paul and accompanying solar array. The bench was connected to a pyranometer that collected solar activity data throughout the day. At night the bench’s color reflected the solar activity collected through that day. The bench was lit up from dusk until dawn, showing the sun's impact on the earth for the past twelve hours.
Utilizing bathymetric data collected by the Mississippi Watershed Management Organization, Watershed presents an ice casting of the Mississippi river bottom as a temporary mountain range. The length and width of the river are proportionally accurate, though the depth has been magnified by a power of ten to highlight the terrain of the river bottom.
The unseen valley that usually lies under the surface appears as a mountain range. Water becomes land, material becomes object, and flux becomes static. As the day progresses and the sculpture turns back into water, our desire for permanence and categorization is laid bare. The viewer is left to comprehend the system as the water travels back to the river.
This sculpture was made possible by the voters of Minnesota through a grant from the Minnesota State Arts Board, thanks to a legislative appropriation from the arts and cultural heritage fund.
Watershed: A river ice sculpture
Short video produced by the Mississippi Watershed Management Organization about Watershed
Using data from NASA’s Solar Dynamic Observatory, Solar System presented an ever-changing light show on the steam plume of District Energy's biomass co-generation plant. As spots and storms ebb and flow on the sun (the “power plant” at the center of our solar system), color-changing flood lights inside the steam plume shifted and dimmed in real time. The dynamic nature of our ultimate source of energy was thus tied to downtown Saint Paul. Solar System was sponsored by Blue Cross Blue Shield of Minnesota.
Artist Lead: Aaron Dysart
Technology designer: Max Hoaglund
Lighting Designer: Kyle Waites
Solar System was part of the Plume Project which was a series of lighting experiments on Saint Paul’s downtown steam plume, lead by artists Aaron Dysart, Emily Stover, and Asia Ward in partnership with the District Energy Saint Paul plant. Three temporary projects occurred over the winter of 2015 and 2016, was supported by the Knight Foundation, District Energy St. Paul, Saint Paul Riverfront Corporation, Blue Cross, Blue Shield, and St. Paul College.
Red Alder, existing room.
An installation in the Regis Fountain Court at the Minneapolis Institute of Art. When unoccupied the room was normally illuminated with a mirrored ball suspended ball in the center of the space. When someone entered the room, a sensor turned the ambient lights off, while the spotlights turned on instantly bathing the entire space in a spectacular light show. When the viewer left the space, the room returned to normal.
Short video produced by the Minneapolis Insitute of Art
During a residency on a cattle farm in southeastern Minnesota I was severely injured in a livestock accident. To show I had no hard feelings I baked a cake for the cows that injured me.
During this residency I also threw a party for animals by hanging a mirrored ball over a cow pasture and a trout stream.
This activity is made possible by the voters of Minnesota through a grant from the Minnesota State Arts Board, thanks to a legislative appropriation from the arts and cultural heritage fund.
A party for a 70' tall maple tree on the grounds of the Minneapolis Institute of Art. Five motorized mirrored balls were hung in its crown and lit with pinspots to throw a grand party.
Viewers were asked to help save a tree. Participants were handed a live branch, blindfolded and spun three times. They then walked forward and hammered their branch to the spot they found.
In an effort to clean up the Mississippi River, a rowboat was cast out of 600lbs of soap and rowed in the river in the shadow the Minneapolis skyline.