Thursday, September 16, 2010


It was a bleak day in Tacoma, with gray weather alternating with drizzle all day long. When visibility and contrast are low, the scenery tends to be in the details.

Sunday, September 12, 2010

Camano Island

Michele I spent September 11th on Camano Island. I had been asked to speak about the Island's shorelines and sea level rise at the Camano Honors Earth event (sponsored by CARE). It turned out to be a fun convergence of people we both knew in our own fairly different worlds.

The event was held at Karla Matzke's Fine Art Gallery and Sculpture Park. We loved Debbi Rhodes' neat sculptures chosen for the new Camano bridge. Trees from one direction, they transform into animals (heron, eagle, orca, salmon) in the other. I wonder how they will choose to orient them when they install them at each end of the bridge.

Barbara de Pirro's installations were incredible. It seems like there's lots of art being made out of recycled objects, but she's managed to use everyday castoffs to create something truly organic and beautiful. It has the same compelling relationship to the natural landscape as Andy Goldsworthy's work, but with a neat twist. I'll have to look for more of her projects.