Saturday, April 19, 2008

ART OF NATURE: Denver Botanic Gardens at Chatfield

I recently completed three environmental art projects at this nature conservancy. Working with grand vistas of the foothills of the Rocky Mountains southwest of Denver, Colorado on former farmlands, my site-specific installations used indigenous materials and sod grasses.

"Nature's Calligraphy"

Patterns etched by worm larvae inspired the sod lines on this hillside. Enlarged, they speak of intricacies in nature and create a meditative trail to experience and walk.

"Curtains: Bone and Twig

Twigs gathered from the land's predominant tree, the cottonwood, and bones refering to the land's domestic and wild animal life, were gathered and hung to create curtains of floating calligraphy.

"Willow Bundling"

Fabric ties wrap sheaves of willow and refer to practices of bundling cut stalks of grain on these farmlands in past eras.

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

WOW! Really interesting....when I was in undergraduate school I was so interested in making work like that.