Tracing the path of rain along a half mile stretch from street to storm drain to stream.


Charlotte, North Carolina


Painted wood sticks, line striping paint, PVC marking whiskers

Dimensions variable, crossing about a half mile of different ground surfaces in a neighborhood: asphalt, concrete, stream bank, lawn

Part of Keeping Watch on Water, directed by Crista Cammaroto, June Lambla, and Mary Newsom.

Commissioned by UNC Charlotte College of Arts and Architecture and the UNC Charlotte Urban Institute with Lambla artWORKS. 

Passage of Rain traces a path of rain and runoff along a half mile stretch from the street down in the storm drains to the final destination of Irwin Creek. This project creates a full scale planting plan for the buffer zone along a daylighted portion of the creek. Each stake is color coded to correspond to different native plants, which will prevent the stream banks from erosion. After the initial installation, the stakes were replaced with native shrubs, planted according to their respective color. Charlotte-Mecklenburg Storm Water Services did the planting as part of their stream buffer initiative.

Each stake was color coded to indicate which species to plant at that location. The color coded key to this planting plan was printed on the back of the Passage of Rain map.

The map showed the connection of rain from street to stream.

The Passage of Rain path crossed over many different hardscapes and the markings had to respond the various surfaces.

A flow pattern was stenciled on all asphalt and concrete surfaces along the path.


Blue marking whiskers were put in the grassy areas to show the presence of water flowing underneath.

Over one weekend, the neighborhood created and installed the marking materials.

PVC marking whiskers, used in the surveying field, marked the flow of water under the turf grass areas.

A momentary installation – shadow from the stencils.