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Seeking Salal

​Webster’s Wood Sculpture Park

Port Angeles Fine Art Center​

Port Angeles, WA.  2010
Jute, straw, black wool, salal seedlings, poetry
8 inches (dia.) x 200 feet (long)


This work undertakes the restoration of both the woodland ecology and the social ecology through the important native shrub, Salal.​
The forest-habitat remediation began with removing invasive vegetation and replacing with native Salal, a keystone indigenous shrub. Handmade wattles meander 200 feet through the forest, along the trail and under trees. The wattles serve to mulch salal seedlings.​
Text is hand-stitched into the hand-made burlap wattles, using black wool. The text includes the word for Salal in eight Pacific Northwest Indigenous languages, and English poetry.  Eventually the wattles will decay, becoming mulch and nesting material for the resident flora and fauna.

(Seeking Salal: formerly Squiggle Salal)


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