My artistic process begins with experiencing the proposed site as many times as possible. Different hours and days produce different lighting and changing populations. Just as important is how the site feels beneath my feet. Will visitors have a bird’s-eye view of the art? How will climate affect materials, visitors and longevity of the installation? All these things influence me and the site. I work primarily in metal. Its durability matches the timeless sources of my designs: geometries of ships’ hulls and seashells, whirlwinds and electrons’ orbits, rocket trajectories and kelp swaying in ocean currents. All of these have catalyzed my past public works. I see sculptural elements “embedded” in the site, visually connecting all corners of the surroundings. Natural shapes, movement and lighting drive many of my designs, like Breaking Earth’s Bond, installed at the Gateway to the Redstone Arsenal in Huntsville, Alabama where scientists designed, fabricated and tested the rockets for the Saturn and Apollo missions. In 2013, for this sculpture I was awarded the 2013 United States UNESCO (United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization) Commissioner Art Award “Inspiring Peace and Humanity through Art and Science” by Dr. Sheree Wen. The installation components involve physics and chemistry, like the research going on at the site. Trajectory, 25-feet tall and stainless steel, makes permanent the ephemeral trail of the rocket as it heads upward and eastward from the launch pad. Scattered about the base of Trajectory are Hydrazine, five stylized molecules of Hydrazine, the very first rocket fuel. All of my public artworks derive from the same reflections of place that Breaking Earth’s Bond did. My design process seesaws between the requisites of the client/site and the active processes in my studio, one influencing the other. This oscillation eventually allows the reflections of my dependency on both the installation’s viewers and how I create my art. I owe my success as a public artist to this balancing act.