The structure of this 9.5’ dome is derived from the Daisy and Button traditional Pressed Glass pattern. The armature is made of welded steel rods, and the open spaces are covered with colored acetate. The dome spins on a motor, suspended inside a close fitting room, like an upside-down punch bowl. Due to the motion of the dome and the angle of the ambient light in the room, kaleidoscopic patterns constantly shift along the walls. The Manu Chao song with the same name inspires the title of the piece, Desaparecido. It alludes to a constantly shifting escape from the present.
After ducking down to enter the piece, the viewer disappears into a disorienting experience of light, color, pattern and movement. While acclimating to the new surroundings, the isolation of the viewer in the space and fluidity of the movement contribute to a distraction from reality. The shifting blue and green patterns from the acetate represent the immersive environments of the sea and the rainforest, while also referencing sacred geometry and stained glass.