Snowflake Cactus • Cliff & DeWindt Street
Especially when the environment is under bombardment, I feel strongly about sending a message through my art. For the 2017 Beacon 3D exhibition I have created a “snowflake cactus”, a large ferro-cement sculpture. It is mounted on a steel base and has three sections standing 8.5 feet high and 3 feet wide and long. The sculpture has embedded copper wire on its edges and is painted with ornamental cement stains, paints and sealer.
Cacti sculptures have interested me for the last ten years. One of my desert plant sculptures was modeled after an octoillo plant usually seen in the Southwest and California. I have also done a sguaro cactus, a cactus-cocoon hybrid sculpture, an enlarged ephorbia, an agave-like sculpture and a palm cactus. I enjoy placing these sculptures in northeastern sculpture gardens, courtyards and parks alerting the viewer of the inappropriate place to find these plants. My works are interactive attracting people to see if the sculpture is a real plant or not.