South Branch, North Fork + Puddles
Follow stormwater runoff from the roof to the ground in these complementary sculptures that highlight the ways people and nature move water.
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Located at the Center’s north and south entrances, the elaborate forms made of common plumbing parts carry water from the roof to the landscape below. South Branch is organic, like the grapevine and other natural branching structures. North Fork is more geometric, referencing schematics for collection and distribution systems in our built environment. Puddles, installed beneath South Branch, brings the presence of water to mind, invoking ripples and rain.
This was an opportunity to make a passive water feature, one that was only working if the water was running from the sky. In a 25-year rain, that roof will be shedding 5,000 gallons of water in a 24-hour period. That’s a lot of water. –Cris Bruch
Cris Bruch. South Branch and Puddles Interview. King County Public Art Collection. Audio: 4Culture
About the Location
Brightwater Science, art, design, and ecology come together at Brightwater, one of the largest wastewater treatment facilities in the world. Located north of Woodinville, WA, Brightwater comprises a park, a community gathering space, an exhibition hall, and a scientific learning laboratory in addition to the structures that house technical operations. Throughout the site, integrated and portable…
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