FISSION HOLE, 2012:
ABS plastic, electronics, kiddie pool, pump, and H2O, 2012
Fission Hole stems from my exploration into the power grid, three dimensional modeling, and rapid prototyping. The piece was created by gleaning models created by users of the SketchUp 3D Warehouse. This online collection of models are often plugged into Google Earth and serve as stand-ins for "real world" sites of interest. The notion that these simulacra become untethered from their physical contexts served as the jumping off point for this work. In Fission Hole, the too-large-to-fully-comprehend cooling towers and reactor housings become playful pool toys careening about in within the confines of the inflatable kiddie pool. Their green lights pulse on and off until they collide when they create a burst of pinball machine colored explosion. This added layer of color completes the conflagration of the all too serious with the childlike.