In recent years I have been fortunate to be able to install larger pieces, generally in science museums. This has proven a great fit as science museums have large public spaces for art, and an audience that appreciates the technical aspects of my pieces.
In every case I start with a design and a working prototype. From there I model the space in AutoCAD and fit the piece to the space. However, the major challenges in any of these pieces is to create a dynamic art piece that can run for years without maintenance. [more about my design process]
Here is a brief list of my major installations in chronological order:
- Pipedream I – Installed in the Science Museum of Minnesota in 1999. My first major installation, Pipedream has sixteen parallel tubes filled with mineral oil through which bubbles of air flow. The air is controlled by 16 air valves under computer control.
- Pipedream II – Installed in the Science Center in Cedar Rapids, Iowa in 2000. Like Pipedream I, but with 32 tubes, each filled with a different color of suspended glitter, and an interactive railing.
- Sisyphus III – Installed in Technorama, Switzerland in 2003. A large scale version of my earlier Sisyphus pieces, 3 m (10 ft) in diameter.
- Pipedream III – Installed in Ontario Science Centre, Toronto, Canada in 2006. This version had 96 tubes and the ability to accurately display 96-pixel wide pictures either from a file or taken by a nearby webcam station.
- Ribbon Dancer – Installed in the Science Center of Iowa, Des Moines in 2006. Inspired by Chinese ribbon dancers, two arms suspended from the ceiling move about, trailing silk ribbons which "fly" in endless patterns.