What looks like a digital explosion expanding from a random point in space has emerged in the Rice University Art Gallery. It is the intriguing work of Ben Butler who used over 10,000 sticks of poplar wood to create the site-specific art installation titled ‘Unbounded.’
“I was drawn to poplar because of its abundance, low cost, and its exceptional malleability,’ explains Butler. ‘All of these factors allow for freedom of process, as I could easily generate a seemingly endless supply of materials. the hand-pegged, three-dimensional cubic grid is something that evolved in my studio over years of contemplating and playing with these sticks. previous works utilized the grid, but the space of rice gallery allowed for a large-scale exploration of the potential of this unit.”
You can see more of Butler’s work that explores complex systems emerging from simple processes on his website.