Viewer activated sculpture on a 10-minute cycle; motion detector, organ pipes, plastic, fan, aluminum, wood; 15 feet by 25 feet by 17 feet.
Produced from an investigation into evolution and the divide between animals and humans, Pseudanuran Gigantica , centers on a new species of frog and its distinct mating call. Using research from both zoology and neuroscience, a room-sized mechanical sculpture based on a frog’s vocal communication system was made. A large airbag inflates when the viewer stands in front of it. As the airbag deflates it produces a 6-minute air-driven sound event. The object is structured on the vocal system of a frog. It bellows out a love-call to the viewer to mate with it, reorganizing the hierarchical relationship between humans and animals. Commissioned by ArtPace Foundation for Contemporary Art, Texas.