STATEMENT: Play is a product of investigation and the willingness to take risks. As individuals progress the concept has a tendency to become alien and a re-introduction is required. In an effort to entangle adult concerns with a level of play, Ian F. Thomas and Ryder Richards have begun collaborating. Utilizing techniques from independent studio practices the artists offer objects and concepts considering risk as reward, studio practice as a practical form of play.
Without the NASA program offering the chance of exploration for future generations the work stands as miniature memorial to the power of possibility—the power of play.
~ Ryder Richards and Ian F. Thomas, 2011
The piece has been gifted by Thomas and Richards to the Bellevue Museum to aid in upcoming fundraising endeavors.