The Mussel Makes the Shell


ash burl scarred by emerald ash bore beetles, trench coat, mild steel, foundry wax


The Mussel Makes the Shell is an Ash burl off-cut from a forestry reclaim mill in Indiana that was scanned into CAD software, mapped into layers, cut out of mild steel with a plasma CNC, and plug welded into a replica topography. The Mussel Makes the Shell was produced for for no space at the Chicago Artist’s Coalition in 2016. The coat was hung to counter balance wood while the wax salamander was left to slowly melt as the steel warmed in the sun for the month long duration of for no space.

Installation images of for no space


For a map that archives the spread of the Emerald Ash Borer along with further information on the bug itself visit: