Urban Semi-Wilderness Area


A site-specific installation in Mellon Park. As part of the 1994 Pittsburgh Biennial Exhibition, two acres of traditional city park were transformed into a semi-wild area. The installation was bounded by a configuration of birch trees that were dedicated by members of the community with plaques. An agreement was made with the City Parks Department that the interior acreage would not be mowed. This gesture allowed it to grow and evolve into a natural habitat. The discontinued mowing allowed for growth of numerous species: the biodiversity more than doubled in four years.

Other elements with the area include: three faux marble passageways, each 9′ x 8′ x 2′ (trellised with morning glories) to lead viewers up existing sidewalk through center of wild area to an existing formal garden, a scenic overlook/informational plaque, and an area of wildflowers with benches.

Other Projects

Public Art

  1. Living Waters of Larimer, 2012-2016
  2. Permaculture Orchard, 2011
  3. One Mile Garden, 2008—present
  4. WeGrow, 2004-2006
  5. Listen to the South Side, 2000-2004
  6. Nine Mile Run Greenway Project, 1996-2000
  7. Urban Semi-Wilderness Area, 1994-1998
  8. Barletta’s News, 1994
  9. Commemorative Monument to Native Americans, 1993
  10. Water Rites: A Domestic Arrangement, 1991
  11. Monument to the Fall of the Television Evangelists, 1988


  1. Still Life #9
  2. The NEW R5 Travel Agency, 2008
  3. Following in My Father’s Footsteps, 2003
  4. An Island For 2 Axe Heads, A String..., 1996
  5. Eco-Mobile Home/Office Entertainment System, 1993
  6. The Persian Gulf Bowl, 1992
  7. As We Turn with the World, 1991
  8. It’s Always Greener on the Greener side, OR..., 1990
  9. The Pantheozone: Temple To The Ozone, 1989


  1. Google Earth Camouflage, A Revision Request, An Ecoart..., 2008
  2. One Tree EcoArt Proposal, 2007
  3. Greening the Andy Warhol Museum: It’s for the..., 2007
  4. 3 Sisters Garden, 2003
  5. Ecotone: A Public Art Proposal for the David..., 2002
  6. Greening Purnell: Site-Specific Sculpture Proposal to Integrate Nature..., 2000