Art can reveal the ecological, historical and cultural layers of a place. Betsy Damon’s Homage to Living Systems, honors the increasing bio-dynamism of the Chinook Bend Natural Area made possible through habitat improvement and wetland enhancement initiatives managed by King County’s Parks and Recreation Division in partnership with the Wastewater Treatment Division.
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Damon’s artwork, comprised of three distinct elements, underscores the notion of water as a living system, interconnected to all life. Living Water Compass features a low relief image of a magnified drop of water, demonstrating the metaphor of returning the site to an integrated living system. Pole to Measure Floods identifies flood levels, the rising and falling waters. Seating Stones are created from glacial boulders etched with natural imagery and descriptors of revitalization: reveal, restore, and revere.
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Images: Betsy Damon, Homage to Living Systems, 2010 © Lonnie Feather