Greg Kappes

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This piece was an attempt at fostering community and warmth through the manipulation of industrial materials (chicken wire, mesh, and a custom envelope follower circuit). The sculpture itself serves as a visual and cultural analogue to the campfire by serving as a light-producing gathering place while the sound is meant to mimic the sounds of the campfire while remaining clearly synthetic. The piece is not a copy of a campfire, but rather a modern reinterpretation of what a campfire represents. This piece also became a reaction to the many tragedies of Fall 2016 which included the US presidential election and the Ghost Ship fire in Oakland, CA.