location: Phuket, Thailand
dimensions: 50' × 16' × 16'
materials: Earthcasting (reinforced concrete with iron oxide cast in molds dug from the earth), glass bottles
Phuket Cheddi (2003) is a sculpture by American artist Thomas Sayre, perched high on a slope overlooking the Andaman Sea on the largest island in Thailand. At 50 feet high and 16 feet around, Phuket Cheddi’s conical form is visible from both the land and the sea below. The privately commissioned sculpture pays pays homage to the natural beauty of the setting in its struggle to exist amidst rampant development. The roughness of earthcast concrete surface and the cracks, holes, and empty bottles pierced throughout the piece create places for local insects to come and go at will.