2014 ink, pencil, photo & digital collage on paper
Proposal for identical structures placed in New York Harbor and San Francisco Bay that measure and track sea level rise over the next century––and also illuminate daily tidal fluctuations. Made of “oystercrete”, a mixture of oyster shells and concrete, each clock also provides a substrate and armature for the growth of new oysters a new oyster reef. On the top side, 196 tidal pools add additional marine habitat, one for each country in the world––at least as of now.
500 tidal pools
A proposal for a new or existing jetty
(1996) photograph, paint, paper 20” x 24”
Proposal to drill a matrix of holes into a new or existing jetty to create tidal pools, an important breeding ground and habitat for many species of marine life.
Commission for the City of Emeryville, CA (in progress, completion 2018)
Sited on a spit of land jutting out into San Francisco Bay, the work will reinforce the deep connections between people, shellfish, and the ecology of the Bay. Made of “oyster-crete”, the mounds will bring attention to current efforts to restore oyster beds throughout the Bay, a key component of its food chain & nutrient cycle, and vital to its overall health.
running fence/turtle blind
1994 silkscreen collage on paper22” x 30”
Proposal resurrects Christo's original Running Fence while giving it an ecological purpose. Erected on a beach where sea turtles nest the fence shields pregnant females and hatchlings from the disorienting effects of artificial lights. The fence would be lowered during the day to allow residents a view of the ocean and then raised up at night to block the light from streets and houses.
soft corral for the sheep meadow
1997 photo collage on paper27” x 32”
Proposal for Central Park, NYC, or any urban park. Up until the early 1900s sheep grazed on the Sheep Meadow in Central Park and were housed in what is now the Tavern on the Green. This proposal revives the original pastoral folly while still allowing for contemporary park uses. Volunteers would tend the sheep, clean up after them and move the corral as needed. Corral could be wheeled through any park, molding its shape to travel through a variety of terrain and circumstances.