Supply Chain: Vertical Integration

Supply Chain: Vertical Integration is a sculptural work using re-purposed pharmaceutical glass vials, and animated LEDs.

The work examines the heightened awareness of the global supply chain due to shortages, hoarding, and speculation during the public health crisis of 2020.
Supply Chain: Vertical Integration is a commentary on the consolidation of production, distribution and marketing of pharmaceuticals — by using over a thousand small pharmaceutical-grade glass vials as material arranged in a vertical, cascading animated light sculpture.
The re-used glass vials were sourced from the supply chain of a large pharma company involved in producing drugs to combat opioid addiction — drugs provided through links to the public health and criminal justice systems. The aim is not to level blame, but to simply cast light on the intricately complected processes and entanglements of supply, demand and the manufacture of both.