Joel Hobbie’s new work is inspired by uprooted cottonwood trees, unearthed by flooding in the area close to where he lives in New Mexico. Drawn to nature and transformative ideas of death and rebirth, Hobbie casts dead branches in bronze. He reassembles the metal forms and additional repurposed industrial salvage into symbolic and dynamic man-made objects. These dichotomous entities come alive in response to one’s proximity and position within a space. The sculpture “sees” the viewer through facial recognition and 3D modeling software. The viewer is captured by an interactive, immersive experience through sophisticated programming from active sensors.