Mel Watkin
MIMIC-Overview of installation at Lambert St. Louis International AirportMIMIC-Detail shot of Mimic at Lambert St. Louis International Airport6 x 9 feet, installation viewMIMIC-MIMIC-detail of Luna Moths surrounding Cyprus Tree
MIMIC, 2009-2012
In 2009 I was one of 9 artists selected to collaborate with Franz Meyer of Munich in Germany for a permanent installation at Lambert St. Louis International Airport. My installation Mimic consists of 3 Italian Cyprus trees surrounded by a halo of Luna moths. Each tree looks as if it is free standing on a clear sheet of glass. In nature Luna moths have protective wing markings mimicking large eyes. In Mimic the Luna moths hide by mimicking the shape of each Cyprus tree. In turn, the tree’s red berries mimic the eye markings of the Luna moths.
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