On the Appreciation of Species

This work is a celebration of the diversity of species on the planet and an acknowledgement of their dwindling numbers. It’s a reminder that our own fate is tightly linked with those species that remain. Twenty-three circles made from wood veneer rotate as an interacted vertical mobile on the wall of a Wisconsin life sciences company.

Whether you're religious or not, the book of Genesis posited that humans have dominion over creation, and this idea is surely embedded in our culture and psyche. Just in the 20th century, humans have come to the sudden realization that dominion comes with responsibility. We’ve realized that we can alter the planet in such a way as to endanger those plants and animals we’ve been entrusted to protect.

Even if you don’t believe in this “stewardship” model of our role on the planet, the fact remains that we are better off with more species rather than fewer. Even in purely selfish terms, species diversity requires no altruistic motive, only the acceptance that our own survival depends on the widest diversity of other species on the planet.
 


"On the Appreciation of Species" An interactive, vertical mobile Wood veneer, mounting board, motors, gears, electronics 30 ft. x 15. ft. 2021

 


"On the Appreciation of Species" An interactive, vertical mobile Wood veneer, mounting board, motors, gears, electronics 30 ft. x 15. ft. 2021

 


"On the Appreciation of Species" An interactive, vertical mobile Wood veneer, mounting board, motors, gears, electronics 30 ft. x 15. ft. 2021

 


"On the Appreciation of Species" detail showing the control wheels that turn the larger wheels above.

 


"On the Appreciation of Species" An interactive, vertical mobile Wood veneer, mounting board, motors, gears, electronics 30 ft. x 15. ft. 2021