Willa (Light Ship) 2015-2020 is a large-scale outdoor light sculpture that will be permanently installed in a remote area of the high desert in Northern New Mexico. Consisting of a chamber of yellow light and glass hidden inside a 1970s Recreational Vehicle and large enough for 4 people to sit inside, Willa is an immersive environment for experiencing light and time.
Inside Willa, hundreds of handmade cast glass objects collect light from the sky. The interior changes as light shifts throughout the day, sunrise to sunset, or as clouds pass overhead. There is no electric light in Willa. Light enters Willa through a transparent roof, directly connecting the piece to the sky and its' cycles of day and night, weather, and seasons.
Willa is built for the slow read, for watching as light slowly shifts in rhythm with the time signature of the natural world. Willa is constantly changing, hour by hour and throughout the seasons as the sun and moon track across the sky, and may be experienced in many different ways over time. Viewers are encouraged to spend an extended period of time inside the piece, especially to watch sunset, sunrise, clouds passing, or moon rise on a full moon night.
A search is underway for a site to install Willa in a remote area of the New Mexico desert where viewers may stay overnight in an onsite cabin. The journey to reach Willa at this remote site will be an important part of the experience of the work.