Water Rites: A Domestic Arrangement

1991

A site-specific installation at Art Awareness, Lexington, NY, June-September 1991. The installation was proposed and created to address the local environmental problem of over-development that threatens to pollute the watershed that feeds the reservoirs that supply New York City’s drinking water. On a broader scope, it questions our technological culture’s insensitivity to the environment and to the indigenous peoples who live in accordance with the earth.

This cul de sac community constructed around an existing pool/lake included: three fenced in plots of wild flowers surrounding a contemporary tipi with a satellite dish on top, and a portable toilet plumbed to the pool where three inflated rafts of garbage float. Centrally located inside each tipi was a television pointed upward illuminating the structure with flickering electronic light. Also emanating from the center tipi was an audiotape of local Native Americans telling creation myths and addressing contemporary issues.

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

Installations

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

Proposals

  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