Downturn, 2011 | cork and rubber gasket centers | 15 x 15 x 40 inches each
The thin slices of machined material in this work resembles the strips that are removed from cork trees during the harvesting process. In addition, the circular forms evoke the rings used to count a tree’s age. Each small stack contains seven gasket centers pointing to the days in a week, while together the coils employ twelve columns, referencing months in a year. Likewise, not only does cork take about a decade to regenerate, but as a culture we require increasingly more time to piece together solutions to pressing environmental and economic issues.