materials: found wood, superglue, dowels, twine
Hillside coves, carved out to make room for roads and paths, do not hold adequate moisture and receive little sunlight. They lie barren until some amount of compost can renew the space. To give these niche ecologies the gift of life, I plant my mythological figure Moloch to become Pittsburgh’s most meticulous compost heap. He is formed entirely out of unprocessed wood and glues that becomes nontoxic silicon compounds when dried. And as the life in Pittsburgh binds with his body, as he offers nests to generations of families, his icon will decompose with grace. Once again, Moloch will give of himself so that life will return. He deserves as much.
2009 Bioneers Conference Sculpture Selection, Faculty Pick, 2010 Arts and Sciences Dean's Award, 2010 Betty Blockstein Memorial Award