Alloy Grasshopper, 2020
Found objects, laser-cut/etched acrylic and masonite, resin, fiberglass, paint, various hardware
Dome: 5 in (12.7 cm)
Frame: 13 in (33.02 cm) round
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The Alloy Grasshoppers traveled in large swarms in search of natural pit mines that contained various metallic elements and alloys. After consuming these materials, the grasshoppers would then swarm to specific citrus forests where they would gorge on the electrolytes. The combination of meals produced the equivalent of a battery inside these creatures — that energy was stored and used to power the next feast.
• This is one of my newest explorations into non-cast creatures.
• The grasshopper is adhered with various adhesives, fiberglass fabric, and epoxy sculpting clay.
• The white cell textured background behind the creature was designed in Adobe Illustrator and is laser-etched white acrylic.
• The grasshopper dome module can be removed from the round frame.
• I designed the mechanical/organic frame in Adobe Illustrator, laser-cut the parts and have glued and pinned all layers together.
• The white dots on the frame are the pin-holes used to align the layers. I enjoyed that small detail when it was complete and choose not to color-match those spots to the frame.
• The outer edges of the frame are hand-painted white to complement the white mat and background around the insect.
• There are slight imperfections in round frames — enough to know they were all assembled, painted, and finished by hand.
• Comes with certificate of authenticity.
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