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Vital Earth Work

This series of land art strives to heal, restore and remediate the land and estuaries, using native plants and seeds. My hope is that viewers will be inspired to restore big and small pieces of private and public land back to vibrant native landscapes in their own stomping grounds.

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Connect the Dots: A variety of native central Texas grass and wildflowers seeds were planted in a sea of vegetated circles on an overused eroded piece of land. These circles of grass will grow together as the plants spreads and reseeds controlling erosion and increasing diversity.

Connect the Dots

Seedbank Footprints: Who knows where these red mountain laurel seeds will end up sprouting a tree down stream when the creek rises.

Seedbank Footprints

Dust to Diversity: This installation helps to artfully restore an old dusty dirt road back to a thriving native Texas prairie ecosystem, using a variety of native grass seed. As it re-seeds and expands, it will eventually become a natural part of the prairie while increasing ecological diversity, decreasing erosion and providing habitat and food for wildlife.

Dust to Diversity

Invasive Subtraction: Tiple circlet subtraction of Invasive cats claw creeper (Dolichandra unguis) on two trees surrounded by a sea of cats claw waves.

Invasive Subtraction

Natural Healing: A human made wound in a limestone creek bed is healed naturally and conceptually with Carolina Jasmine fronds.

Natural Healing

Estuary Grass Circle Prototype: I planted smooth cord grass (spartina) in a circle to help restore estuary grass to Galveston Bay to help control erosion, slow storm surge and provide habitat. This is a prototype for a larger piece that I hope to do with permission.

Estuary Grass Circle Prototype

Root Flow: Bamboo roots are used to artfully slow down water during rain events, collect sediment, hold seeds in place to prevent erosion, contain nutrients and increase diversity of new plants.

Root Flow

Foot by Foot Sea Level Rise: Sea oats dune grass (Uniola paniculate) was planted in one foot lines to reflect the incremental sea level rise predicted due to climate change. They were planted in an eroded beach to restore the dunes back to health protecting against erosion due to storm surge and human activity.

Foot by Foot Sea Level Rise

Seedbank: Who knows where these red mountain laurel seeds will end up sprouting a tree down stream when the creek rises.

Seedbank

Living Cracks - I planted grass seed only inside the cracks of dried earth. Once the rains came the lines and shapes that the dried cracks made are now visible in living grass. The cracks are alive! This piece restores overused eroded land with native grass that holds down the soil during rain events with their roots.
Living Cracks
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