Zebra Cactus, 2014 •
Cliff and DeWindt Street
Zebra Cactus is an enlarged version of an haworthia fasciata succulent plant. This is a plant adapted to hot dry climates. The spiky leaves minimize exposure to the hot sun. The thick flesh of the spikes store water for long periods of time. Deserts are expanding around the world. We may be seeing a lot more of these types of plants.
My sculpture has a welded steel armature covered with steel hardware cloth. Several layers of cement are applied and the last layer is carved into bands. All eight leaves are free- standing mounted on a steel plate at the base of the sculpture. The sculpture stands eight feet and eight inches high and is 55 inches wide.
My life was mostly centered in New York City until eleven years ago when I moved to Northeastern Pennsylvania, where I live and work. I have been included in numerous indoor and public art exhibitions, mostly in NY State and Pennsylvania and I have received awards including a Puffin Foundation grant for creating a collaborative sculpture, Ocotillo Patch.