Category Archives: projects

Hollow Ground

In 2019, De St. Croix visited Utqiagvik, Alaska, to observe the dissolving permafrost as a result of climate change.  Hollow Ground gives viewer a glimpse into the future.  The top of the sculpture an austere icy plane while below we see gaping holes referencing the thawing soil. 

Hollow Ground

In 2019, De St. Croix visited Utqiagvik, Alaska, to observe the dissolving permafrost as a result of climate change.  Hollow Ground gives viewer a glimpse into the future.  The top of the sculpture an austere icy plane while below we see gaping holes referencing the thawing soil. 

Collapsing Pillar

Towering over the viewer – sections of icy tundra teeter uncertainly. The precarity of this work emphasizes the vulnerability of the Arctic landscape – a space both vast and under severe threat.

Collapsing Pillar

Towering over the viewer – sections of icy tundra teeter uncertainly. The precarity of this work emphasizes the vulnerability of the Arctic landscape – a space both vast and under severe threat.

Alchemist Triptych

Alchemist Triptych depicts three structures in gold, silver, and copper. The forms represent mineral mines extracted from the earth in tapering concentric rings, dangling and vulnerable.

Alchemist Triptych

Alchemist Triptych depicts three structures in gold, silver, and copper. The forms represent mineral mines extracted from the earth in tapering concentric rings, dangling and vulnerable.

Cold Front

Cold Front

Cold Front is made from made from 67,000 shredded 500ml plastic water bottles, creating the glimmering ice-like surface. Onto this façade a projected moving glacier engulfs the visitors’ visual field. An ecologically responsible sculpture – keeping plastic in circulation rather than in landfills.

Cold Front

Cold Front

Cold Front is made from made from 67,000 shredded 500ml plastic water bottles, creating the glimmering ice-like surface. Onto this façade a projected moving glacier engulfs the visitors’ visual field. An ecologically responsible sculpture – keeping plastic in circulation rather than in landfills.

Over Ice

Over Ice

Over Ice is a topography made from handmade paper. Based on on-site photography in Svalbard, the work gives the viewer a sense of aerially surveying the landscape below. Over Ice evokes Arctic landscapes based on both image and memory, with the white paper pulp emulating snow.

Over Ice

Over Ice

Over Ice is a topography made from handmade paper. Based on on-site photography in Svalbard, the work gives the viewer a sense of aerially surveying the landscape below. Over Ice evokes Arctic landscapes based on both image and memory, with the white paper pulp emulating snow.

Moving Landscape

A series of miniature landscapes on model railroad cars — depicting tundras, wetlands, forests, deserts, etc. The train cars revolve in a circular loop through the entry wall of the exhibition and into the gallery behind it. These landscapes are in perpetual motion.

Moving Landscape

A series of miniature landscapes on model railroad cars — depicting tundras, wetlands, forests, deserts, etc. The train cars revolve in a circular loop through the entry wall of the exhibition and into the gallery behind it. These landscapes are in perpetual motion.

Moving Landscape II

A series of miniature landscapes on flat-bed model railroad cars – imaging tundras; wetlands, forests, deserts, etc. Sixteen train cars revolve in a circular loop through the entry wall of the exhibition and into the gallery behind it. These landscapes are in perpetual motion.

Moving Landscape II

A series of miniature landscapes on flat-bed model railroad cars – imaging tundras; wetlands, forests, deserts, etc. Sixteen train cars revolve in a circular loop through the entry wall of the exhibition and into the gallery behind it. These landscapes are in perpetual motion.

Plein Air Arctic Permafrost Landscape

Plein Air Arctic Landscape I / II were sculpted along the Arctic Ocean. Permafrost provides preservation and structure in the Arctic and it has begun to thaw at an alarming rate due to climate change.

Plein Air Arctic Permafrost Landscape

Plein Air Arctic Landscape I / II were sculpted along the Arctic Ocean. Permafrost provides preservation and structure in the Arctic and it has begun to thaw at an alarming rate due to climate change.

Dark/Light Arctic Ice Float

Depicted is both the visible and underwater sides of a glacier; atop a shipping crate is a stark white berg while inside is the portion usually hidden beneath the water.

Dark/Light Arctic Ice Float

Depicted is both the visible and underwater sides of a glacier; atop a shipping crate is a stark white berg while inside is the portion usually hidden beneath the water.

Two Ends

Two Ends depicts the extreme ends of the United States/Mexico border, based on-site visits and first-hand photographic documentation. One border ends in a Texas salt-water estuary, emptying into the Gulf of Mexico while the other ends with the fence line descending into the Pacific Ocean in Tijuana.

Two Ends

Two Ends depicts the extreme ends of the United States/Mexico border, based on-site visits and first-hand photographic documentation. One border ends in a Texas salt-water estuary, emptying into the Gulf of Mexico while the other ends with the fence line descending into the Pacific Ocean in Tijuana.

Himalayan Peaks

High Peaks

The highest Himalayan mountains explore the ideas of the never-ending battle between humans and the environment. The language of landscape generally owned by the painting genre transcends here into a painting/sculpture hybrid.

Himalayan Peaks

High Peaks

The highest Himalayan mountains explore the ideas of the never-ending battle between humans and the environment. The language of landscape generally owned by the painting genre transcends here into a painting/sculpture hybrid.

High Rise

High Rise

High Rise is a monumental/miniature sculpture referencing both the beauty and devastation upon the Florida Everglades.

High Rise

High Rise

High Rise is a monumental/miniature sculpture referencing both the beauty and devastation upon the Florida Everglades.

Dead Ice

Dead Ice

Dead ice is a scientific term for ice shed by a “living glacier,” which sits motionless to thaw into the ocean. Dead Ice explores the ideas of failed human exploration and the never-ending battle between humans and the environment.

Dead Ice

Dead Ice

Dead ice is a scientific term for ice shed by a “living glacier,” which sits motionless to thaw into the ocean. Dead Ice explores the ideas of failed human exploration and the never-ending battle between humans and the environment.

Pyramiden/Permafrost

A two-sided sculpture inspired by the utopian settlement of Pyramiden, an abandoned soviet town and coal mining community in the Svalbard Archipelago.

Pyramiden/Permafrost

A two-sided sculpture inspired by the utopian settlement of Pyramiden, an abandoned soviet town and coal mining community in the Svalbard Archipelago.

Mountain Views

A large scale elevated sculpture that recreates a scenic vista of a monumental extinct mountain range, acting as a memorial to its own obliteration from out of state coal mining and mountain top removal.

Mountain Views

A large scale elevated sculpture that recreates a scenic vista of a monumental extinct mountain range, acting as a memorial to its own obliteration from out of state coal mining and mountain top removal.

Nomadic Landscape

A nomadic work of art, this miniaturized landscape travels in a custom container along the path of the prevailing Mongolian winds—much like the region’s soil deposited in north-central China as a result of the effects of global warming.

Nomadic Landscape

A nomadic work of art, this miniaturized landscape travels in a custom container along the path of the prevailing Mongolian winds—much like the region’s soil deposited in north-central China as a result of the effects of global warming.

Unnecessary Memorial: Palisade I & II

A project exploring the ecology, environment, and rescue of the Hudson Palisades. Sculpted entirely by hand, the work functions as an intimate, double-sided tableau.

Unnecessary Memorial: Palisade I & II

A project exploring the ecology, environment, and rescue of the Hudson Palisades. Sculpted entirely by hand, the work functions as an intimate, double-sided tableau.

Broken Landscape II

Referencing the historical genre of landscape painting, Broken Landscape II is a painstaking rendering of the land’s topography and its manufactured border.

 

Broken Landscape II

Referencing the historical genre of landscape painting, Broken Landscape II is a painstaking rendering of the land’s topography and its manufactured border.

 

Broken Landscape I

Over one hundred feet in length, Broken Landscape reconstructs a section of the Mexico/United States border as a monumental miniaturized model of the new fence and surrounding landscape.

Broken Landscape I

Over one hundred feet in length, Broken Landscape reconstructs a section of the Mexico/United States border as a monumental miniaturized model of the new fence and surrounding landscape.

End of the Fence Line

A miniature representation of the end of the federal fence line in Fort Hancock, TX. The sculpture is placed at eye level, forcing the viewer to look to the other side through the fence.

End of the Fence Line

A miniature representation of the end of the federal fence line in Fort Hancock, TX. The sculpture is placed at eye level, forcing the viewer to look to the other side through the fence.

UnNatural History I

A miniature world mounted inside an abandoned natural history museum, presenting landscapes that are simultaneously real and subliminal, beautiful and devastating, refined and abstracted.

UnNatural History I

A miniature world mounted inside an abandoned natural history museum, presenting landscapes that are simultaneously real and subliminal, beautiful and devastating, refined and abstracted.

UnNatural History II

This sculpture continues the exploration of duality, as embodied by landscape suspended in a liminal state between destruction and regeneration.

UnNatural History II

This sculpture continues the exploration of duality, as embodied by landscape suspended in a liminal state between destruction and regeneration.

Floating Fire

A floating, mirrored reconstruction of a fire-ravaged area in the Florida Everglades, investigating landscape as a site of conflict and instability.

Floating Fire

A floating, mirrored reconstruction of a fire-ravaged area in the Florida Everglades, investigating landscape as a site of conflict and instability.

Floating Fires

Focusing on the forest fire, this exhibit reflects upon the subliminal landscape imagery of the Florida Everglades and its relationship to encroachment, conservation and restoration.

Floating Fires

Focusing on the forest fire, this exhibit reflects upon the subliminal landscape imagery of the Florida Everglades and its relationship to encroachment, conservation and restoration.

Mountain Strip

A massive miniaturized section of a West Virginia strip coal mine, over forty feet in length and twenty-two feet in height, painstakingly rendering the topography and demise of a mountain.

Mountain Strip

A massive miniaturized section of a West Virginia strip coal mine, over forty feet in length and twenty-two feet in height, painstakingly rendering the topography and demise of a mountain.

Landscape Section: Border: U.S. / Mexico

A representation of the U.S. / Mexico border. Part of an ongoing series of miniaturized landscape sections reconstructing borders between countries in varying degrees of conflicts with each other.

Landscape Section: Border: U.S. / Mexico

A representation of the U.S. / Mexico border. Part of an ongoing series of miniaturized landscape sections reconstructing borders between countries in varying degrees of conflicts with each other.

Landscape Section: Border: U.S. / Canada

This sculpture depicts a peace park on the United States’ less contentious northern border—a sharp contrast to the more fortified southern border with Mexico.

Landscape Section: Border: U.S. / Canada

This sculpture depicts a peace park on the United States’ less contentious northern border—a sharp contrast to the more fortified southern border with Mexico.

Landscape Section: Border: Pakistan / Afghanistan (Tora Bora)

This sculpture draws upon documentation of the Pakistan / Afghanistan border landscape by the international press to recreate an area that continues to be central to the United States’ politics.

Landscape Section: Border: Pakistan / Afghanistan (Tora Bora)

This sculpture draws upon documentation of the Pakistan / Afghanistan border landscape by the international press to recreate an area that continues to be central to the United States’ politics.

Landscape Section: Border: North / South Korea

Based upon copious photo documentation of the Korean Demilitarized Zone, this sculpture depicts a wildlife sanctuary in one of the most dangerous border zones in the world.

Landscape Section: Border: North / South Korea

Based upon copious photo documentation of the Korean Demilitarized Zone, this sculpture depicts a wildlife sanctuary in one of the most dangerous border zones in the world.

Landscape Section: Marsh

Sculpture based upon research along Florida’s Interstate 95 and select proximate regions, where devastating wildfires destroyed tens of thousands of acres of everglades and wetlands.

Landscape Section: Marsh

Sculpture based upon research along Florida’s Interstate 95 and select proximate regions, where devastating wildfires destroyed tens of thousands of acres of everglades and wetlands.

Landscape Section: Swamp

Work in an ongoing series that presents a cross-section from nature as a still and subliminal image of a liminal environment, either being destroyed or in the process of healing.

Landscape Section: Swamp

Work in an ongoing series that presents a cross-section from nature as a still and subliminal image of a liminal environment, either being destroyed or in the process of healing.

Landscape Triptych

A faux landscape hovering above existing terrain as a miniature subliminal still, Landscape Triptych reflects on the effect humans have on animal habitats.

Landscape Triptych

A faux landscape hovering above existing terrain as a miniature subliminal still, Landscape Triptych reflects on the effect humans have on animal habitats.

Detainment Map

A site specific sculpture situated at a military fort in Key West, Detainment Map reflects upon the complex detainee issues surrounding the Guantanamo Bay Naval Station.

Detainment Map

A site specific sculpture situated at a military fort in Key West, Detainment Map reflects upon the complex detainee issues surrounding the Guantanamo Bay Naval Station.