Cutting down the middle of an 8-foot-plus sculpture made of various melted plastic materials, mostly refuse such as plates, containers, vitamin and pill bottles, utensils, broken toys -- things that would normally become part of the landfill. I used them mainly because they were free and available.
When I started this piece more than three years ago, I had no idea how it would develop. Not that I worked on it all day, every day. I was working on many other things as well, some of which can be seen at MichaelWittels.com. An earlier version of this piece, Big Tower, is there, too.
After a point, I decided to saw in vertically in half, exposing the insides. I now have to put steel reinforcing rods in each half, put the halves back together, separated a few inches so a viewer can see inside and outside and stand it back up.
Richard Toronto, a photographer, journalist and Science Fiction historian, thought a record should be made of the cutting and opening, and here it is, shot and edited by him.