Ephemeral Sculptures

Spring Creek, Cookeville, TN
natural plaster//stacked stone//branches//willow roots
2012

Spring Creek is a seasonal creek that in 2010 started having a100-year flood every year. However, in the summer time, the river bed is dry and full of flood debris. Large branches, small roots, and tumbled rocks are scattered about the changing creek bed, waiting to be washed downstream or into a natural dam when the water rises.

With my natural building skills, I took the found material and created scupltures with balance and a bit of impossibility. Passing neighbors were surprised and delighted by the progress and process in the public access creek.

Beyond providing access to views of nature and living plants, I am interested in investigating how to create spaces that encourage a sense of wonder, with flexible parts that users can manipulate to suit their needs. The project goal is to minimize the dichotomy between the built and natural environment resulting in a final design for an educational space that is inspired by natural systems and a trans-cultural understanding of classroom patterns and rituals.

Depending on the ratios of soil, sand, and cattail-fluff in the plaster, it cracked and changed over time. Having the series of sculptures together created an outdoor gallery of ephemeral sculpture, evolving with the life around it and waiting for the next season’s flood.

Depending on the ratios of soil, sand, and cattail-fluff in the plaster, it cracked and changed over time. Having the series of sculptures together created an outdoor gallery of ephemeral sculpture, evolving with the life around it and waiting for the next season’s flood.