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Studio updates, current events, and archival posts from 2014-2017.

TRYLON INSTALLATION AT THE UNIVERSITY OF WYOMING

Monumental neon-illuminated telecom tower TRYLON was permanently installed outside the Main Art Building in Laramie (41.3167° N, 105.5833°) at the University of Wyoming last week from November 2-6. Based on concepts I've been realizing for the past five years, the tower was designed and engineered in partnership with Chris Blanchard and built by a team of collaborators including Head Fabricator Lars Borgeson, Assistant Professor of Art David Jones and Western Neon. David, Denver-based freelance Art Technician Anthony Teneralli and myself completed the final fabrication and onsite preparations at the sculpture studios outside the School of Art.

The telecom tower is assembled with the neon support frame and aluminum armatures ready for glass tubing to be attached and wired.

The telecom tower is assembled with the neon support frame and aluminum armatures ready for glass tubing to be attached and wired.

David Jones MIG welds custom mild steel feet to the tower's repurposed attachment sleeves.

David Jones MIG welds custom mild steel feet to the tower's repurposed attachment sleeves.

Everything assembled, ready to install and hanging off the bridge crane ready to move into position to forklift onto the designated concrete pad for raising and final placement.

Everything assembled, ready to install and hanging off the bridge crane ready to move into position to forklift onto the designated concrete pad for raising and final placement.

The tower up and attached to the concrete pad with anchors that ensure the completed work will remain upright and endure the harsh climate of Wyoming.

The tower up and attached to the concrete pad with anchors that ensure the completed work will remain upright and endure the harsh climate of Wyoming.

The completed sculpture standing at just over 17' in height and facing west just before sunset.

The completed sculpture standing at just over 17' in height and facing west just before sunset.

The symbols that adorn the the tower from bottom to top: strength, energy, union, divinity.

The symbols that adorn the the tower from bottom to top: strength, energy, union, divinity.

TRYLON I viewed from a rooftop about 100 feet away and fully illuminated. 

TRYLON I viewed from a rooftop about 100 feet away and fully illuminated. 

Industrial undertones created by the work's main structure and argon filled glass tubes as seen from behind. 

Industrial undertones created by the work's main structure and argon filled glass tubes as seen from behind. 

The artwork’s four illuminated glyphs silently expressing a vital connection to an open-ended understanding of our interpersonal relationships, our surroundings, perhaps even the cosmos.

The artwork’s four illuminated glyphs silently expressing a vital connection to an open-ended understanding of our interpersonal relationships, our surroundings, perhaps even the cosmos.

Hopefully this is the first of many of these types of structures. If I can, I'd like to populate the American West with them. They're like a form of psychic countersurveillance that not only realign the skyline, but perhaps our values with it. In the end, TRYLON is a standalone site-specific intervention that combines analog sculptural form with the warmth of neon to disrupt contemporary feelings of what ‘being connected’ means in a digital age. It asserts that universal truths and cycles have a power and presence. That we might see each other as people just like us as opposed to something we swipe left, unfollow or delete. 


This project would not have been possible without the generous support of The University of Wyoming School of Art, Ashley Hope Carlisle, David Jones, Chris Blanchard, Lars Borgeson, Anthony Tenerelli, André Lucero, Western Neon, Rian Robison and Bowie Neuwirth.