Photograph of sculpture
Desert Botanicals.

“In my latest sculpture, I draw inspiration from the distinctive shapes of Blue and Century Agave botanicals. These agaves, known for their sharp, needle-like edges, serve as the foundation for my work. They symbolize ‘flaming swords,’ reminiscent of guardians protecting the Garden of Eden; each sword, like flames, cuts through the darkness with precision.”

The piece finds its perfect counterpart in December’s ‘Cold Moon,’ which contrasts with the organic forms of the agave leaves and stalk. This color, light, and shape interplay defines the volume within the darkness, creating a powerful visual statement.” Our canyon is an incredible place to experience a desert full moon.

An agave plant creates a tall stem or “mast” (“quoite” in Spanish) that can grow to be 40 feet high. The stalk grows from the center of the rosette and bears a large number of short, tubular flowers, producing the seeds for this desert plant. The plant dies after it produces the Quiote.

The vibrant colors of the work originate from the fascinating light spectrum of UV lighting. This unique source of lighting allows the pieces to absorb light energy. It then stores it and then emits it as excited light. It creates a mesmerizing effect, like graffiti.

The temporary light trails left on the surface of the work are reminiscent of the trails left by rocket launches. It lends a sense of dynamic movement and vivid energy to the artwork. The intricate patterns created by the laser light pen weave a story of transformation and impermanence. The graffiti slowly wears off with the passage of time, inviting contemplation on the nature of change and the beauty of ephemerality. A constant reminder of the security of an oasis filled with living water in the desert.

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