GIANT PURPLE PRICKLY PEAR
Imperial Valley Desert Museum
Design - Build ​​​​​​​
The structure was designed using a repeating pattern based on principles found in nature. The work consists of dozens of semi-modular elements hand cut into rounded shapes. These pieces are then stacked into a multifaceted structure that resembles desert fauna. During the design of the structure, multiple cactus species were studied and assessed for their specific growth patterns. As the faceted pieces build in density, different spaces start to emerge. Visitors are encouraged to seek out and find new uses for these spaces. 
During construction multiple ply materials were tested to determine the optimum deformation of the cactus in the wind. Through these tests, various wood boards were carefully chosen, so that as the cactus scales up, it bends and responds in real time to the changing environment around it. The result is a kinetic sculpture that becomes animate as it embodies different energies produced by the landscape.
Furthermore, the panels of the sculpture are painted varying shades of pink to contrast the desert, as well as attract various wildlife and insects.  In this way the structure is designed not just to accommodate humans but also other animal species that otherwise would not have ventured into the specific site. On a hot summer day people and desert fauna alike can be seen exploring and adapting to the structure.