This permanent public art
installation was created for Openlands Lakeshore Preserve North of
Chicago in Highwood, Illinois. Ten bas-relief sculptures depict soil
microorganisms essential to the life-giving
properties of the soil with
complex diversity in the role of breaking down organic matter.
They are attached to a low retaining wall, with plants growing above
The 10 sculptures depict, algae, bacteria, protozoa, actinomycetes, tardigrades, mites, bdeloid rotifers and spring tails in all their complex details revealing a more often unseen and world . Extensive research consulting scientists ensured that the microorganisms shown were likely to be found in the forested soil of the preserve. Between the site visits, proposal, research, drawings, sculpting, molds, casting and final installation 3years transpired. They are a permanent legacy at the beautiful 74 acre site that is becoming a must see destination for the interface of art, science and the natural environment.
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Location: Highwood, Illinois - Lakeshore Preserve
Type: Installation of 10 Bronze Bas Reliefs