INDEPENDENCE SEAPORT MUSEUM
Philadelphia Sculptors | Independence Seaport Museum
Celebrating life, loss, memory and impermanence, Abu was a bold affront to the will of nature and a humbling reminder of humankind's frailty. The sculpture was commissioned by Philadelphia Sculptors as part of the FLOW exhibit at the Independence Seaport Museum, which was a collection of pieces responding to the Delaware river and the effects of climate change. The artwork was installed in the Delaware river, its tides obscuring and revealing the work with each tide cycle. I created this sculpture to cope with my father being diagnosed with blood cancer and the thought of losing him. It was a rejection of the natural passing of time and an attempt to preserve the essence of his life. The sculpture was destroyed in a powerful storm that brought tornados to the area. The artwork was removed in pieces from the marina after being severed and broken into fragments.