Antarctagon (2017)

This piece started because I was pissed off about the prevalence of that insipid geometric landscape design trend. I’d also recently seen the first 2/3 of Inception on a plane.

I decided to do my own version of the trend, but not so low-effort. I wanted the relationship between the geometry and the landscape to have, not meaning exactly but at least some kind of dynamic interplay.

I was also interested in making the effect fractal, in the sense that the fundamental shape would appear on multiple levels, both via cut-outs and content. Not just because fractals are visually compelling, but in particular  we experience that when looking at cool pictures of Antarctica – the crystalline structure of water ice creates geometry at many different sizes and scales in nature, and the unique landscapes of Antarctica highlight that.

As long as I can remember I’ve been obsessed with Antarctica and glaciers. I would love to see a glacier in my lifetime. I wish I didn’t feel like I only have another 10 or 20 years in which that is possible. Fuck climate change by eating less meat and fuck the oil lobby by voting.

I decided to keep the penguins because that trend, in addition to being tepid and vacuous, is also just so damn sterile. The birds bring some levity and life and enhance the upside-down-ness.