Roxy Paine is concerned with beauty and the appreciation of beauty, in things which are often not necessarily considered beautiful. The principles underlying and guiding his work are expressed through the use of robotics, computers, and inorganic materials simulating and masquerading as nature.
Erosion Machine (2005), for instance, uses weather, shoe-size, and stock market data-sets to control the movement of a robotic arm as it sandblasts a slab of sandstone to create a miniature Southwestern landscape.
Weed Choked Garden (2005) uses stainless steel, thermoset plastic, and more to immortalize both natural process and neglect, as 13 species of weeds take over an untended vegetable garden in 88 sq ft of meticulously created chaos.
Split (2003), seen here being reconstructed on its new site, The Olympic Sculpture Park, is a hyper-real artificial tree manufactured from steel pipes and tubes of many diameters. It germinated from Paine's detailed analysis of the structure of trees, and grew from computer diagrams architectural renderings. Transplanted, along with Aspen, Ash, and Dogwood trees, Split will share carefully engineered space in a realm of art and nature, creating tension between, and testing our perception of each.