Adam Kuby, Sea Level Clocks, 2014Ink, pencil, photo & digital collage on paper.
Proposal for identical structures placed in New York Harbor and San Francisco Bay that measure and track sea level rise over the next century–while also Illuminating daily tidal fluctuations. Made of “oystercrete”, a mixture of oyster shells and concrete, clocks also provides a substrate and armature for the growth of new oysters a new oyster reef. On the top, 196 tidal pools add additional marine habitat, one for each country in the world–at least as of now.
Adam Kuby, Cliff Dwelling, 1993Lithograph and watercolor on paper, 61 x 101.6 cm.
Proposal for a sculpture that provides nesting habitat for peregrine falcons in a skyscraper. The building's glass skin would be pulled in to make room for the overhanging ledges of artificial rock. Inside, space is provided for public viewing. Unlike a zoo, the birds are not fed or caged. Here the people are confined. The falcons are free.
Adam Kuby, Incrementally, 2010Granite, trees, 45.7 cm x 7.6 x 1.5 m.
Adam Kuby, Incrementally, 2010Detail
Interactions between trees, stone and other natural forces will shift, heave, move or crack the blocks over time, continuing the form-making process that has been initiated.
Adam Kuby, Tree Tectonics, 2014Granite, 25.4 x 157.5 x 106.7 cm.
Two stones set between 2 growing trees are engraved with a map showing the geologic faults running through the Portland Metro area. As the trees grow they will shift the stones, mimicking the slow steady tectonic forces at work underfoot.
Adam Kuby, Eventually, 2008Granite, soil, vegetation, 0.6 x 3 x 19.8 m.
Granite blocks were sculpted to simulate the geologic erosion that would normally take eons. A spectrum of vegetation from rock-colonizing perennials to large native trees was planted in the sculpture’s widening gap, Vegetation will shift and heave the stone as they grow.
Adam Kuby, We Who Imagine, 2014Granite, vegetation.
An original poem is engraved onto a 100' line of granite. Trees planted on either side of the line will shift, heave and break the line as they mature, creating an evolving interaction between the trees, stone and poem.
Adam Kuby, Breaker, 2013Salvaged building stone, earth, vegetation, 3 x 19.8 x 15.2 m.
When Aberdeen's historic 1909 high school burned down in 2002 the city salvaged many of the sandstone blocks from the ruins, but without knowing how they might be reused. Inspired by the stones and craftsmen who carved them, the blocks now take the form of a cresting ocean wave sited along this coastal town's main thoroughfare.
Adam Kuby, Ikea Chair, 2015Wood, metal, 89 cm x 4.5 x 6 m.
Installation, American Academy in Rome.
The sculpture maps out the disintegration of an everyday object. Each row is comprised of one chair, broken down into smaller and smaller pieces. The work evinces the ongoing disintegration of things in our material world.