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Animal Architecture: Bringing Sculpture Literally to Life

When we think of a sculpture, we tend to think of something static — chiseled marble or molded plaster. But a new art project at Lawndale Art Center is a living sculpture of sorts. Architect Ned Dodington has created BioCity, a six-month sculpture/architecture/animal habitat project designed to attract living organisms to colonize the exhibit and […]

Photo courtesy of Ned Dodington

When we think of a sculpture, we tend to think of something static — chiseled marble or molded plaster. But a new art project at Lawndale Art Center is a living sculpture of sorts.

Architect Ned Dodington has created BioCity, a six-month sculpture/architecture/animal habitat project designed to attract living organisms to colonize the exhibit and bring it – literally – to life. Dodington calls his work "animal architecture" and tells Paige Phelps the idea came to him in grad school when he studied how oyster reefs are created along Galveston Island.

BioCity is on view at the Lawndale Art Center through June 11, 2016.

(Photo Courtesy: Ned Dodington)

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