After Trillium

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ANTHONY CASTRONOVO
After Trillium, cast aluminum, kiln-formed glass, and custom electronics, 96" x 48" x 48", 2013

Anthony Castronovo is a Visiting Assistant Professor in Dimensional Practice in the School of Art and Art History at the University of Iowa.

"For the past few years my work has been focused on robotics and sculpture as a way to explore the interconnections between nature and technology.  My most recent outdoor commission is called After Trillium and it is a robotic sculpture in the form of a flower.  This techno-biotic sculpture changes its form and behavior based on changes in the physical environment.  For example, temperature data is used to determine how far the flower opens each day.  The flower remains in a dormant stage throughout winter and as the weather warms it progressively blooms more each day until it fully opens in the heat of summer.  After Trillium creates a definite visual link between its physical form and the conditions of its immediate environment.  This relationship explores the interactions between machine and nature, as well as the interactions between man and nature.

As computers and artificial intelligence proliferate and become woven into all aspects of our human existence, the desire to protect the environment and promote healthy ecologies must also grow.  In addition to engaging the public and creating greater awareness about these interests, I see my sculptures as a way of visualizing unseen forces and re-imagining nature."

After Trillium was inspired by the Iowa native Trillium flower.  It is one of eleven sculptures included in the Iowa River Sculpture Walk in Coralville, Iowa.  Each sculpture is based on a work in the Iowa Writer's Library; After Trillium was inspired by the poem "Arboretum" by Iowa Writers' Workshop faculty member Mark Levine.

Visit Anthony Castronovo's website to see more examples of his work.

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