A curtain made of seven hundred and fifty buoys
rises and falls with the creek’s water level.
Bushkill Creek, Easton, Pennsylvania
Seven hundred and fifty painted buoys, steel cable, hardware
79 feet wide x 30 feet high x 7 inches deep
Temporary project for Art of Urban Environments Festival
Bushkill Curtain spans Bushkill Creek in Easton, Pennsylvania. Hung from the arched opening beneath an old silk mill, the artwork registers ongoing changes in the creek’s water flow, which varies dramatically depending on rainfall. In low water, the curtain hangs straight down and responds to the wind like a lace curtain. As the water rises, the curtain floats on the creek’s surface, drawn forward by the flow. A temporary four-month project created for Easton's Art of Urban Environments Festival, Bushkill Curtain creates a site where the masonry of industrial architecture meets with a creek’s variable nature. Manmade materials interact with the elements of wind and water to mark changes in the site’s hydrological cycle.
After a flood, when the stream backs up, the curtain takes on an L-shape as the buoys float on the slow but high water of post-flood conditions.
The buoys create a permeable curtain that sways in the wind and allows birds and ducks to fly through.
Diagram showing the Curtain’s configuration during different stream flows.
Two different flows of the stream interacting with the Curtain.
Installation view showing the depth of the creek at low water.
Over time, the deeper channels in the stream eroded the buoys more than the shallow areas, creating a graph of the stream bed’s profile. In the end, the creek drew a picture of itself on the artwork.