conceptual art / earthworks
The premise of controlling the elements
is inherent in the Salmon River Conceptual Art Project
. This, together with the design team's fascination with the confluence of intriguing
facets of ancient geologic history made the Salmon River site for the project particularly appealing. When completed later this year, components of the project will, it is said, "...allow for the exploration of Nature's destructive yet cleansing forces upon the human experience.
Ice floe visionary Andrew M. Tuthill has been working with transitory materials such as ice at least since 1992. His projects combine natural materials with man-made structures to create a "paleoecopsychodynamic
between humans and the forces of nature.
"While we enter into this endeavor without any expectations, we envision that people coming to the site can reflect upon the awesome power of nature and its inexorable wear upon human-created barriers
Unlike Robert Smithson's Floating Island
or Christo's Gates
, this project is intended to rmain in situ
for a number of years. When last discussed, Tuthill was anticipating constructing a series of huge monoliths and "islands" of boulders mid-river approximately 200 feet east of the Salmon River Dam.
Once completed high-pass filtering of non-climatic influences which represent variation in deposition due to change from ice-proximal to ice-distal environment of a glacial lake.
This then, metaphorically speaking, would serve as a symbolic representation of the neck of water that broke out through a thick schist ridge freeing the melted waters of a pliestocene glacial lake that once sat on this very location. The eroded "neck" is on the ridge above the Salmon River Dam.
More to come as this project evolves.