Rubber tires and mixed media
11’ in diameter
Hiers explores that uneasy space of contradictory feelings about modern existence, knowing that his pleasures and conveniences of today come at a cost to other life forms and to long-term human survival as well. Since 2000, he has gathered fragments of exploded tires from highways for this body of work which challenges this lifestyle, and to share the disturbance he feels when he considers the human trajectory. Enjoying both the metaphorical richness and the organic qualities of this metaphorically rich material, he uses the wildly ripped textures to raise questions about alternatives to both fossil fuels, and also ideological alternatives to American Dream materialism.