In depicting cicada wings, I want to stimulate conversation and meditation on life cycles and the interdependence of life forms within ecosystems. The wings are suspended over a bamboo tunnel made to walk through.
Cicada ‘nymphs’ burrow into the ground and live underground for 2 – 17 years eating tree sap before they emerge into the light and ‘moult’ – shed their exoskeletons, to grow wings and search for their mate.
Their emergence from the underworld into flight echoes many different religious dreams of ‘afterlife’, a transcending of the former sphere of life.
As a part of nature, we are reminded that the only thing we can rely on is change and transformation. As such, this sculpture pays tribute to our shiny ephemeral lives.
Art on the Greenway 2015
Sculpture in the Vineyards 2016