PORTAL PROJECT
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Clear (2019)

CLEAR, 20X30 feet, recycled plastic bags.

 
 

We live in a disposable culture.

An icon of our time is the plastic bag. We find them in the supermarket, a pristine mountainside, the depths of the ocean and sooner or later - outer space.

There is beauty in the way plastic moves. The crinkling of a shape against the wind. Organic movement like jellyfish in the ocean or captured in gracefulness of a bag floating down a city street.

This object can be found in multiplicities by the billions in every country, city, home and has been used by every individual. Its predatory nature has killed millions of animals, and yet its widespread impact has gone unnoticed for years.

How could something so simple be such a powerful mechanism for destruction? 

We hope to bring a new light to this object. To highlight this threat of the 21st-century. It has killed more animals and will continue to kill more animals than any war we have ever created.

But also we want to make a sculpture that is playful, something begging a child to play with it. We want it to show the entire life and energy behind the simple objects we choose to use everyday. We want to show our own potential, a benevolent force that shows there is no reason to be afraid.




 
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Wing Portal

Recycled steel (2019)

 
 

Built as a gift for California, a sculpture of transcendence made from the ruins of the 2018 fires. As a visual metaphor to transcendence, our team is building a monument out of the ruins from the fire and is bringing it to another place of deep personal transformation: Burning Man. After the Burn, the sculpture will be publicly installed in California. The wings span 80 ft. across , and are built out of recycled metal, iridescent panels and thousands of LED lights.

 

Photos by Chung Huynh
Team: SUKI SOMERSALL, SVEN EBERWEIN, STEPHEN RODAN, JOHN BRISCELLA, SAMANTHA EMLEY, GLENN FISCHER, JONATHAN CLARK, SAMIA RAHMANI, JAKE LAMPACK, COLBY THOMPSON, ALEXANDRA DUISBERG

 
 

 

The Installation

This past fall our community here in California was hit by the devastating fires that destroyed hundreds of homes and affected so many lives. These events have deeply changed us. 

As a visual metaphor to transcendence and metamorphosis, our team built a sculpture out of the ruins from the fire and brought it to another place of deep personal transformation: Burning Man. After the Burn, the sculpture will be publicly installed in California. 

The wings span 60 feet across, and are built out of recycled metal, iridescent dichroic acrylic panels and thousands of LED lights. 

During the day

They shimmered with iridescent light as a place where people can take refuge and meditate.

 

At night

The sculpture transformed into a stage with nightly music and art performances.