2012 - corrugated cardboard, cardboard tubes, paint - 5.22x8.25x5.75 m
X-STYX-X, was a finalist entry for the Cartasia 2012 Paper Festival in Lucca, Italy where the theme was Crisis and Rebirth. X-STYX-X refers to crossing the river Styx to the land of the dead and crossing back to rebirth. Reminiscent of Dante Alighieri's image of Hell, Purgatory, and Heaven in La Divina Commedia, the sculpture portrays the movement from crisis to rebirth. An individual's crisis may consume him/her, drawing him/her into the depth of despair, until one can go no deeper. At this point of acceptance one experiences a rebirth and a flowering of new life.