True Colors

What is a heart? In its raw state it is such an alien form; yet we are at its mercy. If there is any problem within its fragile walls, it ceases to sustain life. This teardrop-shaped monument is suspended between two trees, an abstracted form of a heart between two lungs. It challenges the perception of a heart as a complicated, uncontrollable organ. Less than 1% of open heart patients die in surgery, but 17% suffer from post-surgical complications. These complications permanently alter the way a survivor functions and thinks. This monument is a reminder that the heart is nothing but a tool and, fragile though it is, it is meant to assist in the living of life. The monument is located in a small city park across the street from University of Virginia’s medical hospital, where the artist spent three months by her brother’s bed in the intensive care unit after a serious complication in heart-related surgery.

Urban Transplant in Grant, Virginia

Sculptures resembling urban architecture are placed in a rural area as a personal monument of past & present environments. The intent was to join two very separate, opposite residences of mine, Richmond being the current, Grant being the previous. The model was placed in a spot with a certain level of childhood significance – a lookout point – the highest ground of immediate proximity from home. The color palate for the structures is dull grays with subtle pigments as well as washed out pastel tone. This was inspired by Chris Ware’s color choices. It was not intended for the models to be realistic architecture, but rather to playfully hint at the idea, which this palette hopefully supports.


Sharp Attack

The Pointer

Bartholomew, the Hedge of Doom

meeting place for neighborhood watch group

the watership, by Tamaree Bush

a monument to Bridget Riley, in my backyard

Signal Tower HGUNTS146689, Shane Burklow

An outpost constructed to observe and analazye solar flares. Solar flares strongly influence the local space weather of the Earth. They produce streams of highly energetic particles in the solar wind and the Earth’s magnetosphere that can present radiation hazards to small children and old women. The soft X-ray flux of X class flares increases the ionisation of the upper atmosphere, which can interfere with short-wave radio communication, cellular devices, fantasy football, and can increase the drag on low orbiting satellites, leading to orbital decay. Energetic particles in the magnetosphere contribute to the aurora borealis and aurora australis. Solar flares release a cascade of high energy particles known as a proton storm. Protons can pass through the human body, doing biochemical damage to genitals. The proton storms are produced in the solar wind, and hence present a hazard to kittens during interplanetary travel. Most proton storms take two or more hours from the time of visual detection to reach Earth’s orbit, and then they burn people alive. This base was completed in 1893 and protects the Andean Range with an electromagnetic force field.

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