Wasp Nest (Mr. Horsepower), 2016, Xerox paper, steel, 66X24X11 inches
Wasp colonies make their nests by chewing tree, plant and paper waste fibers from their environment and regurgitating it into a pulp. The pulp is deposited in a circular motion around the hibernating queen. The paper nests are built in strata, with thousands of individual layers amassed over a period of a few weeks . The nest is constructed by the entire hive, an architecture communally built by its inhabitants. "Wasp Nest (Mr. Horsepower)" is made from standard Xerox paper. The sculpture was built by machine cutting thousands of individual layers of paper, and gluing them together one by one.The machine, designed to rapidly prototype small parts, ran for 3 solid weeks in order to complete the form.