by Amanda Clayton
Near Mesa Arts Center
63 W Main St, Mesa, AZ 85201
On view through December, 2016
Find out more about the artist: A-Clayton.com
CAM is a representation of the ribs from a Saguaro cactus, illuminating the process of decay in neon light. The ribs splay out over time as they fall away from the central column. The title CAM comes from the process of CAM photosynthesis used exclusively by succulents, in which the stomata open only at night as a way to reduce moisture lost through transpiration. Like the saguaro, the neon ribs will come on at dusk and shut off at dawn. Inspired by the landscape at the nearby Mesa Arts Center, the neon ribs are displayed in a familiar planter base that also plays with the idea of what future landscape elements can look like.
This installation was commissioned by Mesa Arts Center.