A streamlined sculpture of an adult leatherback sea turtle floats beneath a cloud of small hatchlings that articulate the same figure at a larger scale.
This “double portrait” illustrates biological fact (the multitude of newborns from which a single individual may survive to adulthood) while simultaneously evoking an intergenerational spiritual connection. Nature and Spirit.
Viewed from a distance, the particulate cloud optically consolidates into a coherent likeness of the solid turtle beneath, an allusion to how time and distance lend perspective to our changing environment.
Inspirations for n + 1 include daemon forms found in Greek mythology and the chiwara sculptural tradition of Mali.
Fabrication: Foam by Design, Clearwater, FL
CAD modelling: Mowry Studio, Denver, CO
Installation: Bob’s Welding, Central Falls, RI
Engineering: Simpson Gumpertz & Heger
Commissioned by The Hillsborough County Aviation Authority