Drastic Plastic is a series of ‘jellyfish’ assemblages of various sizes made from steel wire, scavenged plastic bags, bottles, and electrical cord.By directly representing jellyfish with plastic material, I hope to raise awareness of the unintended consequences of our everyday choices and consumption.Plastic waste from Dallas travels directly to the Gulf where it collects in the oceans. These plastic ‘dead zones’ cause tremendous damage to fish, bird, and mammal populations, leaving jellyfish to fill the ecological gap.Seen in a broader context, the seemingly harmless choice of buying bottled water is shown to have dire consequences far beyond our own back yards.
Installed as part of the Make Space For Artists series at La Reunion TX
Part of the BASE exhibition at CorinthPark in the Cedars.
High Five is a roughly 30'x30'x7' reinterpretation of the massive freeway interchange located at Interstate 635 and Highway 75. The interchange is recreated from heavy cotton duck canvas and suspended from the ceiling with bailing wire. The undersides of the roadways are bright patterns, playfully mimicking the color coding that TXDOT used in the actual interchange. By releasing the structure from its tether to the ground, the rigid nature of the system transforms into a free-floating series of arcs, ramps, and curves to reveal the beauty of the design.
With this installation we hope to spark an awareness of the conflict inherent in human ‘progress’ and raise questions about continuing an unsustainable model of societal development. The DFW metroplex has the 4th largest population in the United States and is bigger than Rhode Island and Connecticut combined. The High Five project cost the city of Dallas $261 million dollars and was started in 2002 and completed in December 2005. The interchange comprises 37 bridges distributed across 5 levels. The highest ramp is 120 feet in the air which accompanies nearly 60 lane-miles of new roadway and stretches 2.4 miles north/south and 3.4 miles east/west. The High Five interchange presents a daring architectural work, touted by the city of Dallas to be a relief to the endless traffic. Each day people gamble their lives to travel through this dense and often dangerous road system.
The roadway authorities have designed the city of Dallas to be an ever expanding layout where land is cheap and house lots are large. This city sprawl effect dramatically increases the traffic load on our roadways and the amount of time it takes to travel across the metroplex. Due to the enormous population and inadequate public transportation, residents are almost forced to own a vehicle. The pedestrian challenged road design separates the community into two classes; those who can afford a vehicle and those who are forced to figure out our lackluster public transportation system.
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