Big Wood (2013)
Michael collaborated with specialist Evan Shively to engineer and saw in half the 330-year-old tree that is the centerpiece of the Exploratorium's “Living Systems” gallery. This sculpture helps define the gallery “Life Around Us” as well as offering an opportunity for visitors to sit in and contemplate its magnificence. From inside, it is easy to observe the tree’s rings that reveal the environmental conditions throughout its growth.
Michael was commissioned to create this sculpture as a way-finding tool to help students locate the library among the many buildings on the LSE campus in central London. Nestled onto the corner of the library facade are more than 23,000 blue Light Emitting Diodes creating a shimmering cascade of words that appears to flow down the wall. It quickly becomes evident that what one actually is seeing is a live feed of the research, currently being carried out within the library.
Birds of Prey (2004)
Michael created this series of nine silhouettes of Hawks, Falcons and other Birds of Prey that yearly migrate over the Bay Area Discovery Museum located in the Marin Headlands. Each life sized silhouette pivots and tilts in response to the strong winds that blow through the area. A nameplate below each bird describes what species it is and descriptions of the feather patterns that bird watchers look for to help identify the birds in flight.