Fort Mifflin is a Revolutionary War era fort located immediately south of the confluence of the Delaware and Schuylkill rivers in Philadelphia. In 1867, after the end of the Civil War, construction was started on a concrete and earthen bulwark on the fort’s western side that was never completed. Today this overgrown section of the fort known as The High Battery is filled with detritus and crumbling structures whose origins are difficult to discern. It is a rich blend of colonial and post-industrial ruin.
The Ruins at High Battery consisted of many different interventions scattered throughout this landscape that ranged in scale from structures you could enter to small objects you could easily miss. The intent was to amplify the area’s strangeness and to provide visitors with an experience of disorientation and surprise.
The piece was created for the Hidden City Festival in 2013 in collaboration with Zach Webber
The mastodon was celebrated by Thomas Jefferson as proof that the creatures of the New World were not weak and degenerate as suggested by some European scholars, but rather they were large and vigorous, perhaps even larger and more vigorous than those found in Europe.
This life size mastodon sculpture was installed in the American Philosophical Society’s Jefferson Garden for the exhibition Jefferson, Science, and Exploration. It was on display from October 2015 through February 2016.
Bird Opera Of Orpedis
This theatrical production was performed entirely in birdsong and featured puppets, animatronics, fire and bones.
Directed by Zach Webber
Set design in collaboration with Zach Webber
Performed at Cha-Cha’razzi in 2010
Replica of the Beauty of Xiahoe
This 4000 year old mummy was the centerpiece of a travelling exhibition on loan from the Xinjiang Uyghur Autonomous Region Museum in Urumqi, China. The exhibition was supposed to open at the Penn Museum in February of 2011 but two weeks before the opening the Chinese government declared that the museum would not be allowed to put the real mummy on display. This replica was installed in its place.
Papier-mache, celluclay, dirt, acrylic paint, raw felt, fabric, various materials
Created for the exhibition Secrets of the Silk Road, University of Pennsylvania Museum of Archaeology and Anthropology, 2011
An animatronic installation triggered by viewers movements.
Created for the Collage Arts Festival 2011 in collaboration with Zach Webber
The Megalonyx Jefersonii is a species of giant ground sloth that was endemic to North America and became extinct at the end of the last Ice Age around 10,000 years ago. In 1797 Thomas Jefferson presented a paper to the American Philosophical Society in which he incorrectly concluded that the claws of this sloth belonged to a giant lion. The species bears his name as an homage to his mistake.
These books were the primary written record of the Maya civilization. There are only a few of them still in existence since many were destroyed by the conquistadors in the 16th century. The surviving books are named for the cities where they are now located. These replicas, sixteen pages of the Dresden Codex and four pages from the Madrid Codex, were created to accompany a travelling exhibition. The actual books are far too fragile to travel.