99% (detail)

“99%” employs laser-cut industrial materials to offset specimens of Phragmites australis, an invasive species also known as the common reed. According to the University of Illinois’ Prairie Research Institute, ninety-nine percent of the state of Illinois’ original prairie lands no longer exist. Capable of growing up to twenty feet tall, the common reed often grows along highways and other unattended landscapes. Oftentimes the growth of these reeds usurps the growth of native species. Despite the familiarity of the impressive growth of Phragmites australis in our modern era, they are nevertheless an illusory display reminiscent of prairies from the past.

Steel, acrylic, brass, and common reed
2016
6′ x 3′ x 6′

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