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  Embryology
    Embryology
    1995, steel, plexiglas, cedar trees, honey, petroleum, 80h 10 diameter each
    This sculpture is a comparative piece dealing metaphorically with issues of ecology and mans tenuous relationship to the natural world. It comprises two small cedar trees, one submerged entirely in honey and the other in petroleum. Honey is known to have been used, in ancient times, as a preservative. I find it ironic that the petroleum cylinder is more alluring, just as the most beautiful sunsets now, are caused by pollution. The bases are constructed of steel. Each contains a 150-watt spotlight and a fan. The tops of the bases have eight holes around the plexiglas cylinders to allow air and light to escape. The hum of the fans and the warm flow of air suggest a benign life support system.