Location: Cervia, Italy
Dates: July 12-15, 2001
Particulars: Less than a week before this contest started, I got an urgent e-mail from organizer Leonardo Ugolini that sponsorship money had come through if I still wanted to come. My usual partner, Kirk Rademaker, was already booked so Carl and I pulled this thing off on a very last-minute basis. The morning of our third day, we arrived to find that our largest structure had just collapsed - we completed the piece's centerpiece in just 2 days, making our victory all the sweeter.
The title of this piece is "Mother Nature, Inc." -- a statement decrying the corporate, political and other moneyed interests that have taken control of our planet's resources. "Mama Terra" - entwined in a double helix DNA strand of data bits morphing into butterflies - is attached to a "doomsday machine" with a giant hose.
We felt this piece took full advantage of our individual strengths: Carl did a masterful job of creating a lovely Mother Nature character, while I had great fun making the machine controlling her.
The USA Team - sandy feet (Texas) and Carl Jara (Ohio)
"Mother Earth, Inc."
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