souvenir 1, 2018

In the spring of 2017, I was in residence in the Himalayan country of Bhutan for four months. I completed an exhausting alpine trek known as Daga La (Thousand Lakes) over four days with support from companion trekkers and Bhutanese guides and horses to reach the summit above 15,000 feet. I encountered there a powerful landscape and one spot in particular that I found hard to forget—a place like a rocky alien planet. Having worn out my knee on the descent, I chartered a helicopter in order to return to the coordinates with helpers and equipment. While on the ground, I captured a high-resolution scan of the rocky ground using photogrammetry. Back in the States, I used the scan data and a CNC milling machine to create a small-scale replica of the ground terrain (carved at first from rigid foam, which I then translated into a wax copy), which was finally cast in bronze.