Habitat Enhancements on the Truckee River

Creation of new habitat sculptures on The Nature Conservancy's McCarran Ranch Preserve on the Truckee River began in November.

Our exhibit at the Nevada Museum of Art through April 2015 presents this work and our other works, including our 10 years of remedial installations along Olema Creek in the Golden Gate National Recreation Area.

Nature of Art

The Nature of Art project with The Nature Conservancy's River Fork Ranch Preserve in Nevada's Carson Valley.
http://nature.org/nevadaartThe work is situated in the newly restored flood plain of the East Brockliss Slough of the Carson river.  At 360' long and varied heights, with 750 lived-staked willows planted and woven into the sculpture, this work is designed to enhance the riparian habitat in a ranching corridor.

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The Truckee & Carson Rivers

Next up are projects with The Nature Conservancy and The Center for Art+Environment of the Nevada Museum of Art in Northern Nevada.

Bay Clay Oyster Reef

In collaboratiion with Bay Area sceintists and conservation organizations, we are prototyping an innovative and aesthetically-minded oyster bed destined for installation in the East Bay near the Oakland Estuary and Lake Merritt.  Using only substances taken from the Bay our sculptures are returned to bay waters to recruit the oyster larvae that will attach and eventually build the large oyster beds that once populated shorelines and protected marshes and acted as storm surge barriers.

Support for this project in made possible by the Headlands Center for the Arts, Alumni New Works  Award 2013, a 2012 Center for Cultural Innovation Investing in Artists Grant, and The Arts and Healing Network.

Line of Defense

An installation aimed at helping local community members of Louisiana’s Gulf Coast restore the storm surge barriers can best be described as creating a technology to help make local efforts to restore wetlands more successful.
Bald Cypress are a keystone species in Coastal Louisiana, as well as the state tree. Their role in creating storm surge barriers is a vital one.  As a first line of defense, Bald Cypress stands allow bayou marshlands to survive.

After three months the planted Cypress survived predation from Nutria, a highly invasive aquatic rodent that decimates unprotected seedlings by pulling them up and chewing their roots. The trees are growing and holding strong on a small island. 

This project was made possible with support from The Puffin Foundation and Tulane University, Center for Bioengineering Research.


3 Faces of Thicket

A watershed sculpture in Adobe Creek, Los Altos, California.

Nearly 100 members of the local community were involved with this project in California's Silicon Valley. As volunteer stewards, several  members of the community have adopted this restoration site, and the cycle continues.

Image: Gary Hedden

Bay Clay Oyster Reef: Restoration in San Francisco Bay

With a focus on efforts to mitigate sea level rise, our Bay Clay Oyster Reef project continues to move forward thanks to supportive funding from Center for Cultural Innovation, Arts and Healing Network, and Headlands Center for the Arts.
Harvesting oyster reef tests with volunteers from The Watershed Project .

Bay silt oyster reef models

Exhibitions at the David Brower Center and Sonoma Valley Museum of Art

Two new shows this Spring:
Materials and Methods: Ecological Art in Practice at the David Brower Center in Berkeley CA.

Iterations of Ecological Art and Design at the Sonoma Valley Museum of Art

A Master Plan for Charlotte, NC

Our Master Plan for Environmental Art in the Public Domain was sponsored by McColl Center for Visual Art, The Blumenthal Foundation, The Surdna Foundation and the Knight Foundation.

Photo: Jeff Shiner/The Charlotte Observer .