From time to time, I have taken my 2.5-dimension work to the third dimension.
"The Sum of All Zeros" was a detour from my usual work. Immediately after 9/11, estimates of casualties at all three sites was over 10,000. Comprehending that number was difficult and painful. I took 4" twig clippings from debris in our woods and became tying them together, side by side, with linen thread. The twigs represented each individual for me - a simple object that I used and knew well. The linen thread represented shrouds, wrapping the souls of the individuals lost or missing. I wanted to know what 100 lives were, then 1,000. I worked on this project off and on for about a year. On the first anniversary of 9/11, a radio broadcast reported that revised numbers now stood at 2,052 casualties.. My twig tying effort was at about 1,900 twigs. I stopped at the 2,052 number. Subsequent revisions lowered the total casualty count, but I left the total the same as the first anniversary. I wrapped the long strip of twigs in a circle, a reminder of the "ground zero" term.