Survival  2013
Salt, 5"x3.25"

Survival is a project designed for the 2012 Fukushima biennial in Japan, based on the thought of surviving major disaster and seeing hope moving towards the future.  The two pine cones are components for survival, one for nature and one for humans.  The real pine cone bears the seed of its ancestors, in each rigid leaf and unlike many plants, pine cones open up during a fire, dispersing its seeds and carrying on its legacy, ensuring new beginnings.  The second pine cone is sculpted from a brick of salt; salt is imperative in a survival kit.  The human body can survive longer without food than it can without salt, our bodies need sodium to function.  In a time of disaster, salt can also prove important in preserving meat and act as a natural antibacterial.