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Thousands of buoys made an eyelash for the city – each strand bending with the changing currents.

River Eyelash

Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, 2005

Temporary project for Three Rivers Arts Festival


Three thousand painted buoys, steel washers, pink rope


400' wide x 100' deep

Forty-two strands of buoys radiate out from the bulkhead of Point State Park, like an eyelash for the city. The eyelash floats where the concrete of the city meets the fluid edge of the water, engaging the great open surface of three rivers. The eyelash continuously changes formation in response to wind direction, speed of the currents, and types of waves. The lines of buoys mimic the arched forms of the nearby steel bridges. The lines are strung with steel washers that make clanking sounds. These reverberate louder as the wakes of boats moves through the eyelash.

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