'Ranch Bow' by Ben Roth, Felicia Resor and Bland Hoke
During the summer of 2005, 'Ranch Bow' appeared on the fields of the Snake River Ranch in Jackson WY. Ranch Bow confounded, inspired and provoked residents and tourists of Jackson to question the nature and purpose of the sculpture. Measuring 700 feet long, and 25 feet tall, the installation remained for two months after which it was dismantled and used as fencing.
Ranch Bow is inspired by a subtle curve, such as the earth's curvature or a tensioned fly rod. This curve was determined using computer modeling software and the technical capabilities of Ben Roth. The numbers were then physically plotted with the help of Alex Norton, a seasoned surveyor.
A salvaged cattle grate or two was cut up into anchor pipes and implanted into the ground with a back hoe. Once the materials were ready, Ranch Bow was erected in under an hour. The sheer efficiency of the installation was astounding.
After two months of display, the sucker rod was removed and returned to the Snake River Ranch for fencing. Only 5 rods out of 80 had any significant bend, which was remedied by a custom fabricated 8 foot wrench.
Inspiration- Artwork at Burning Man
The artwork created for the annual Burning Man festival transcends art history, contemporary galleries and the vast majority of public sculpture. The artwork invites participants to play, generate roles and interact on levels that are not possible outside the boundaries of the temporary city of 50,000+ people. Historically, structures and sculptures were burned after their short lifespan, celebrating the impermanence of life and experiences.
Flutter Tunnel is inspired by the scale and boundless potential the playa holds for immense installations. We will most likely be on the tame and meditative side, as many works incorporate technical electronics and elaborate systems that push the boundaries of human potential and whimsy. Needless to say, our effort will be well received by the captive audience of art enthusiasts at Burning Man.