STOP PRESS: Now viewing at the Xposed Gallery, on The Highline in NYC is The Walrus. 19th street on the Highline.
Synopsis of the project: As human development continues, we are endangering many species on the planet and driving them to extinction. Therefore I have learned to reassemble (articulate) real animal skeletons and skulls and put them on crosses that I have designed and built. The process of learning to articulate these skeletons and my foray into sculpture has been very enlightening.
CRUCIFIXION before Jesus was originally intended for prisoners of war, criminals, adulterers and slaves, etc, etc. And we are treating many animals as slaves for our diets.
Does extinction have a cost?
This series consists of 5 environmental art sculptures that I assembled to help further critical awareness of our fellow sentient beings on our planet.
1-The Walrus Skull is 50 years old, has 18 inch ivory tusks with Native scrimshaw carved into them. A cultural artifact in itself.
2-The African Lion skull is quite significant because of its unfortunate status of almost being endangered.
3-The 8 foot American Alligator skeleton is positioned similar to the Egyptian God Sobek.
4-The first skeleton that I completed was the Monkey. I thought that being a primate it would be easiest but it still took me 40 hours of research, drilling and wiring to complete.
5-Finally, I put together the Lynx Bobcat. Another beautiful yet unfortunate endangered animal.
This series debuted at Aqua Art Miami during Art Basel week in Miami in December 2015.
Materials used: Animal skeletons, steel, copper, brass, wood, blood, sweat and tears.