The artwork brings the river water out of its banks —allowing us to
perceive the body of water from both a side view and from below.
INVENTORY: RAIN AND THE RIVER
Philadelphia Flower Show
Plastic and tulle
16 feet high X 65 feet long X 35 feet wide
Commissioned by the Pennsylvania Horticultural Society
In collaboration with Habithèque, Inc
Part of Windows in the Watershed
Inventory is a ‘dry stream’ in the tradition of Japanese dry rock gardens that utilize curving lines of stones to represent a flowing waterway. Like these ancient gardens, Inventory creates a sense of flow with no water present. In this artwork, the stream is pictured with materials that are neither wet nor natural, but they imply a natural watery world.
The artwork brings the river water out of its banks —allowing us to perceive the body of water from both a side view and from below. This “plan and section” abstraction of water gives an alternative view into our waterways. We get to meander below the stream itself like we too are swimming in its flow. The collected colors of the tubes create a pointillist sense of water reflecting the light. The tubes are reminiscent of both a driving rain and a flowing stream.
The name Inventory refers to the concept that our flowing waterways are part of the planet’s storage system for rain. We seldom make the connection of rain and streams except during floods and droughts, but these linear flows are indeed where some of the our precious freshwater “resides” throughout the year.