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Aposematic Camouflage

reflective traffic cones, synthetic netting, street barricades, plunger, beach ball, rebar
Baltimore 2005

This project connects two fundamentally different survival strategies in the animal kingdom. While some animals blend into their surroundings through camouflage, others signal their poisonous properties to potential predators with conspicuous coloring (otherwise known as “aposematism”). Here, these two methods of antipredator adaptation are unified with the aim to create a presence in the city center, which would remain largely ignored. When an object falls within the municipal palette, it asserts an unquestioned authority. Aposematic Camouflage was set up across the street from the exhibition space and was viewable from the gallery window. At night, flashlights were provided so they could be shone and reflected on the traffic cones from a distance.