"All Branch from the Stem" was created in 1991 at Pyramid Gallery, Rochester, NY. The show was launched by the gallery in the aftermath of a huge storm that blew over and otherwise damaged many trees in around the town.
The entrance to the gallery was in the middle of the wall, and I build a long tunnel out of branches that cut the room in 2, and extended from the doorway to the back of the space.
I built 3 archways into the tunnel's right wall. These little arches led into a space that was sculpted into a natural environment. The walls were painted in earth tones and adorned with leaves and grasses. I wanted sound in the room and created a small cage into which I put about a dozen crickets. They did not utter a peep on opening night, but the gallery director told me that they did chirp for the rest of the month and drove them all crazy! After I left they found crickets running around in the gallery for a few months. Hey, I wanted to be remembered...mission accomplished. :)
On the other side of the room, I built a text-based response to nature. I wanted the right and left sides of the gallery to correspond to the respective sides of the brain, so different ways of understanding nature.