Geode, 2014

Concrete, steel, kiln-cast glass, automotive paint, silicone, LED lighting with Arduino controller

Geode, 2014 is located in the Northwest Greenway (near the intersection of James Wheat and Robert Browning Streets) and is the first public art project for artist Hunter Cross. Ponticlaro spent 5 years developing the project with the City of Austin, Art in Public Places program. The sculpture features programmable LED lights through green kiln-cast glass that pulse subtly at dusk.

Every geode protects the visible product of invisible forces over millions of years in an empty space created during Earth’s perpetual process of formation and change. By abstracting this natural form into an artificial representation, the work raises questions about our relationship with nature, public space, geologic time and the impact of externalities on art production.