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Interstate 80 (2023)

Interstate 80 is a video and sound sculpture, incorporating Stacked Langstroth. Invented nearly 200 years ago, the Langstroth bee box was a technological breakthrough  — modular, expandable, offering easy access for the beekeeper. Today, stacked and secured on a semi-truck, Langstroth bee boxes transport the 81 billion bees that are trucked to California in time for almond pollination — a massive, coordinated effort undertaken every year. 

In my installation, stacked Langstroth bee boxes are covered in a breathable black mesh and secured to a shipping palette with thick ratchet straps. A video loop of night driving from the POV of a trucker is projected onto one corner. Inside the boxes, speakers emit the low drone of an 18-wheeler driving at night. The sounds are amplified by the boxes themselves, creating a potentially immersive experience. Periodically, the comforting driving sound is interrupted by the abrupt rumbling of a diesel engine starting up, which grabs our attention anew. Overall, the work is a multi-sensory experience highlighting the important role that bees play in our agricultural system and the greater challenges created by monoculture.

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Interstate 80 is part of the in Uncanny Interventions exhibition

Materials: Langstroth bee boxes, ratchet straps, tarp, wood palette, video projection, audio, amplifier and speakers

Dimensions: 4’H x 4’W x 2’D, installation size varies

Exhibitions: Rojo Gallery, San Antonio (2023)