Monday, July 31, 2017


There will be 26 of these guys flying on the playa. 
In a steady breeze they will fill and float, 
and dance at night in glowing colors.

(click the image to see it in motion - go here for more images)

Monday, July 24, 2017

Fecundity...well, somewhat...

Although the original intent was to construct a frame that would present a full figure sans wind, the forms resisted that relative complexity, eventually shedding excess skeletal rods in favor of a looser sac.

Now the pile awaits, wondering if there will be time to add some whistles and bells (actually, eggsacs and phyllopod lobes) after the hanging armatures are complete.

Friday, July 7, 2017


Every one of these guys has some mutation that was intended to benefit its function, but I'm still working toward some kind of productive punctuated equilibrium.

Traits appear and disappear and may reappear in a different spot but the beneficial ones will hopefully prevail.

Wednesday, July 5, 2017

Simpler, still...

The more I try to impose a rigid structure, the more resistance I create. Now it seems the forms will be simpler still, and depend much more upon the flowing wind than rigid spine.

Sunday, June 18, 2017

This is getting real...

With this year's rain, there was a substantial hatch of real fairy shrimp on the playa!

From our friends at BLM:

Meanwhile progress in an ongoing process in creating the totem sailors.

Two phyllopods forward, one phyllopod back...