Photo Credit: Karen Philippi

Photo Credit: Karen Philippi

Photo Credit: Karen Philippi

Photo Credit: Karen Philippi

Photo Credit: Karen Philippi

Photo Credit: Karen Philippi

Photo Credit: Ian Lewis

Photo Credit: Ian Lewis

welded steel, colored acetate
10’x 10’x 10′
2013
The structure of this 10’ dome is derived from the Daisy and Button traditional Pressed Glass pattern.
The armature is made of welded steel rods, and the open spaces are covered with colored acetate. The
dome spins on a motor, suspended inside a close fitting room, like an upside-down punch bowl. Due to
the motion of the dome and the angle of the ambient light in the room, kaleidoscopic patterns constantly
shift along the walls. The Manu Chao song with the same name inspires the title of the piece, Desaparecido.
It alludes to a constantly shifting escape from the present.

After ducking down to enter the piece, the viewer disappears into a disorienting experience of light, color,
pattern and movement. While acclimating to the new surroundings, the isolation of the viewer in the
space and fluidity of the movement contribute to a distraction from reality. The shifting blue and green
patterns from the acetate represent the immersive environments of the sea and the rainforest, while also
referencing sacred geometry and stained glass.