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Wynwood, PA 2003 For the Fannie Cox Center for Science Math and Technology.Friends’ Central School Graham Gund, Building Architect 30 foot stone circle with benches. Sandblasted Pennsylvania bluestone. (quarried from the Headwaters of the Delaware River, in Hancock NY )

Watermap details a section of the Delaware River watershed surrounding the Friends’ Central School. Tributaries of the Delaware and Schuylkill Rivers are sandblasted into bluestone pavers. The names of the waterways and surrounding towns and cities are also blasted into the stone. The terrace is tipped slightly so that rainwater will run into the runnels of the tributaries and then into the Delaware River, creating a watershed in miniature. Freshwater microorganisms found in the local streams and rivers are blasted into the curved bench tops, with brackish and marine organisms blasted on the teaching bench.

The outdoor classroom and gathering space for The Fannie Cox Center for Science Math and Technology contains two views of the local watershed: an miniaturized aerial view of the waterways and greatly enlarged views of the microscopic life forms which inhabit them.

 

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