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“Become”

There is a dream that I remember as vividly as if I dreamed it last night. I always wondered why it stayed with me.
I was sitting on a bullet train and I was staring out the right side window as the train traveled on rails as tall as skyscrapers giving the illusion that it was flying through the misty morning. Everything carried a tinge of gray and when I looked past the window and through the mist, I saw that the entire city below was covered with plants. I was not surprised or horrified. I was content because I knew that people and nature were living together in harmony; one was not consuming the other, rather, they were living in serene coexistence, what I always wanted for the world.

Become

“Become”~2009~residing in a private collection

The week that I was solidifying the concept and design, an issue kept resurfacing in my life in different ways. It was the plight of the honey bees and the worrisome increase in the Colony Collapse Disorder (CCD) rampaging the commercial hives. The bees were mysteriously dying off and no one could figure out why. Our economy and our very livelihood would be in peril if the bees were to disappear altogether since we are dependent on bees to pollinate our crops, which feed our livestock, which then sustain us human beings. Without bees, our current civilization would only last four years.

Become

“Become”~2009~residing in a private collection

I found out that honey bees were not natives to North America, but that they were brought over from Europe a few hundred years ago. Now, researchers are trying to find ways in which to adapt actual native pollinators like the carpenter bee, to our commercial agriculture in case the honey bees should die off. But it is still the same story; we altered nature to suit our purposes, and now it appears that nature is retaliating and taking back what was taken.
So, I decided to combine these two elements, of the coexistence that I wish could happen and the ominous future if it does not. I made a robot (man-made) bee which is being reclaimed by plants bursting from inside it.

(This honey bee is copper and silver. the plants are copper with green cupric nitrate patina and her head is two pieces rivited together. The abdomen is made up of eleven rings fitted together.  The body is a small raised bowl, and the legs are made up of 5 parts (some spiculums) each. The wings are acid etched copper which were then silver plated and sanded to reveal the copper underneath.

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