March 31, 2014: The scope of this piece has changed a lot since it was made. Once it was only breath but now it’s a whole song. It took time to put the lyrics to this sculpture. It has become a symbol for me. In fact over the years since it was made one of the lungs was broken. It will never look the same as it did then. Even that seemed to resonate with me. All we have is Now. I collaborated with childhood friend Daniel Bell of Tramontane Glass to blow these lungs as a prototype for what was to come. The shape and the light thrown on the walls around you is all one of a kind. My experiences with Cystic Fibrosis have taught me to live for the next breath, not to mourn for those you lost. The collaboration of steel and glass has yielded a few casualties. The completed Anthem pieces that have survived are so beautiful I’m tempted to smash them all so no one can scrutinize. The emotional entanglement involved is epic. I thought the sculptures were special to only me until we shot the Anthem film with my friend MC who also has CF. I never realized what an Anthem these pieces would be for me. As of now I will continue to build these pieces inspired by my adventures. Some are glass, wooden, one is even rock wrapped in steel. I am grateful for the ever supportive collection of friends and family that inspire and encourage me. These pieces are a testament to them and Anthem for me. Because this is the alpha… I will post updates here of what this piece now means to me.
Jan 21, 2013: Prototype Lungs #1: This project has been a long time coming. Its lived in my head for years and this year i thought the time is right to build my first lung piece. By collaborating with glass blower Daniel Bell of Tramontane Glass, we mixed handblown glass with steel. These were the first lungs blown for my collection called Anthem. My goal is to build the body of work by collaborating with artist friends of mine and eventually have a big show in the right venue. When our next film is finished i’m planning on showing the film and holding an auction to sell some of the pieces to raise money for CF.
Why Lungs? I have a lung disease called Cystic Fibrosis. It has become a lens through which I see the world- It has made every adventure and relationship more meaningful. This sculpture is part of the ongoing documentary “Anthem 1076“, the trailer can be found on the ‘kILO hOTEL pRODUCTIONS’ page of this site.