The Waste Land

2013 ArtPrize Entry

The Waste Land is a pedestal-based installation consisting of a series of otherworldly machines (each of which are incomplete, cracked and broken, and clearly obsolete), being overgrown and pulled apart by strange and alien plant-forms. The plants are vine-like in concept (growing up and around what is left of the machines, breaking through pedestal walls and leaving large cracks and fissures), but have a geometric construction as well as a bright coloration that transitions from yellow on one side of the room, through orange, to red on the other. The lighting is both specialized, and very important; meant to imitate the effect of sunlight steaming through a broken wall. Overall, the scene is one of post-apocalyptic mystery; the undisturbed leavings of a lost civilization. This work is about the passage of time, and the overwhelming wonder of our inability to stand against it.

Entry Details
  • Art form: 3-D
  • Depth: 11'
  • Medium: Mixed Media
  • Width: 16'
  • Year created: 2013
  • Height: 6'

Venue & Connection Information

The dimensions listed are those created by the rectangle of all six pedestals in the smallest-possible configuration that I can envision working. The space needed would have to be a few feet larger in each direction (something like 17' x 22'). The ideal room size would be closer to 30' x 40', with a ceiling at least 10 ft high. A larger, or differently-shaped space could also work. To accommodate the specialized lighting, it is important that the space be quite dark (or able to be made quite dark). I will provide the special lights needed for the sunlight effect (the space does not need to provide any lighting, I will bring it all). The impact to the space is minimal, the lighting being the only part of the show that is not confined to the pedestals. I will find a way to attach the lights to the ceiling somehow, and will require 2 outlets (they are all LED, and thus very low-wattage). Set-up will take at least one full day, and possibly as long as 2 or 3, depending on the space.

Venue Considerations
  • Special Lighting needed: No
  • Internet needed: No
  • Indoor Space needed: Yes
  • Outdoor Space needed: No
  • Audio/Video needed: No
  • Electrical needed: Yes

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