1998–99: Hawaii

What I do is I measure things, literally. . . . There is measuring that is, in a way, the same as rhythm in music.

In February–March 1998, Taylor spent several weeks in Hawaii, a place that had fascinated him since he first visited a decade earlier. Upon his return to New York, he embarked on several new series of drawings inspired by Hawaiian natural scenery, everyday life, and culture. Rat guards on palm tree trunks became the subject of elegant compositions. Grids recording wave patterns generated unusual seascapes. And plastic fishing floats turned into duck heads in the humorous and moving Bondage Duck series.