New Inflatable Works

Month: January, 2017

The making of Rotifers

I proposed the rotifer installation for the Amsterdam Light festival for their Illuminade walking route with the theme of Biomimicry.

img_2108Model of Rotifers project.

rotifers222Inspirational rotifer illustration.

img_0020Scale drawing on Acadamy building.


img_0704Testing lights in the studio.

synchaeta-hyperborea-smirnov-1932Inspirational illustration

img_1271Working in the studio in Amsterdam to attach the forms together and add lights.

Creatures circle my sewing machine.

The Story of the Amsterdam Rotifers.


The rotifer is a tiny animal that lives in small bodies of water.  It has the bizarre and amazing ability to survive attacks from preditory fungus by drying up and floating away on the wind.  When it does this it can also shatter it’s own DNA and pick up the DNA from the world around it. A trio of rotifers lays on the ground, collapsed.  Suddenly their lights flash wildly and then they fall dark.  The viewer experiences vulnerability and collapse with the creature.  But from their darkness emerges a new series of rotifers.


These rotifers form a chain, flying up the building.  As they fly they morph and change with their surroundings, excaping into the night.


Janine Benyus, founder of the Biomimicry Institute defines biomimicry as the “emulation of life’s genius”  The rotifer literally incorporates the genes of their surroundings into their DNA sequence.


There is a clear link between this work and real rotifers”, reflects Amsterdam Light Festival juror Lydia Fraaije on the work and its relation to this year’s theme: biomimicry. “They move just like real rotifers and by doing so, they manifest their cycle. Cycles also present  in nature. It’s good that we’re made aware of the fact that what we do is not linear, but rather part of a larger system, which sometimes seems to be based on arbitrariness.”

That rotifers spread their DNA is amazing. They also gather DNA from their surroundings. To me, the fact that they use DNA as an information carrier a beautiful analogy! Especially in a contemporary society like ours, where access to information is more ubiquitous than ever. Also, the idea that the piece focuses on a microscopic level and makes us experience even more nature than what we already see is noteworthy.” said Lydia.

img_3757View of rotifers from across the canal.

rotiferdrawingThe very first rotifer drawing I made.


in the studio before moving to Amsterdam.

My collapsed rotifer photo shoot.






All work created for the Amsterdam Light Festival 2016 with the theme of Biomimicry.

Francois the duck

a fire shooting inflatable ducky that floats on a cloud.


This ducky started his life as a part of a series of inflatables I made for the Museum of Outdoor Arts and Lonnie Hanzon to display in our holiday light show at Hudson Gardens.

Now he has a new life thanks to my friend Benigno Lopez.  Benigno refitted the duck atop a golf cart, sewed him a cloud, and gave him fire spitting super powers.


Benigno was inspired by the journey of the friendly floatees.  In 1992 a shipping container with 28,000 plastic bath toys was lost at sea.  These little ducks made their way all around the world, showing up in Hawaii, Alaska, South America, and Scotland(to name a few).


 2,000 Duckies still circulate in the currents of the North Pacific Gyre — a vortex of currents between Japan, southeast Alaska, Kodiak and the Aleutian Islands.

The North Pacific Gyre is also home to Great Pacific Ocean Garbage Patch, a massive floating garbage dump full of plastic waste. The duckies water journey helps raise awareness about our plastic waste problems.  Now Francois continues the duckies journey on land.


Becoming More than One

an extension of the works Being More than One and Gentle Infestation.


Displayed in the summer of 2016 as part of AWOL Art without Limits, a program of the UCCS Galleries of Contemporary Art (GOCA).




Inflatable Vines

Glowing African vines growing off cliff edges.


Inspired by Red Jade




And inspired by Ceropegia armandii.




Inflatable Vines produced for Hanzon Studios and the Houston Zoo for their annual Zoolights exhibition.