Cicadas are an extremely unique form of locust that only come about in every sixteen years, most prominently in the southwestern corner of Ohio. The hatch from millions of eggs planted in the ground sixteen years ago, climb up (usually Maple) tree trunks, sing a mating song, mate, plant their eggs again, and die… only to return again sixteen years later. What’s most remarkable about this locust plague phenomenon is just how many of these insects erupt from the ground over such a vast area of hundreds of miles in the millions only to disappear within a month after their birthing. As an artist, I wanted to capture their rebirth and life cycle since it only happens only so many years. So for that month that they are around, they literally take over rural, suburban, and urban landscapes. I recall as a boy going to a Reds game and my family strolled down the Cincinnati city blocks only to witness in horrific astonishment that it was a carpet of creepy looking cicada shells with twitching cicadas. It was utterly unbelievable in a Biblical way! So this time around, I made such to document and archive their strange emergence and odd, short life cycle.