Crum Creek Meander is an incognito version of water: driven by wind, neither liquid nor made of natural materials, it nonetheless invokes the hidden histories of local streams and tributaries.

Crum Creek Meander

Swarthmore College Swarthmore, Pennsylvania, 2014 - 2015

Materials

Vinyl, steel, lighting


Dimensions

250' linear  x 11' tall

Two hundred and fifty feet of vinyl strips suspended from a steel framework, Crum Creek Meander employs the pattern of a nearby living creek to echo the footprint of an ancient tributary.  This piece evokes the actual nearby stream, even though this version is dry and created with industrial materials. It responds to the ever-changing weather: blowing madly in a strong wind or gently undulating in a breeze. The piece creates a memory of water for students passing by it everyday on their way to the dining hall. Though many of these students will never visit the actual Crum Creek, they will get a sense of the meandering form of this stream whose Dutch name translates to Crooked Creek.

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