Watershed Sculpture

Using locally sourced natural materials, such as beetle-killed pine logs and branches, environmental artists Daniel McCormick and Mary O’Brien (Fairfax, California) will lead a team of community volunteers in the building of an evolving public artwork created to mitigate erosion due to melting of plowed snow piles adjacent to the Blue River. The entire structure will act as a filtration device and a way to move water from the snow pile slowly down to water level, with the objective being to reduce silt and excess particulates in the water.

Daniel McCormick and Mary O’Brien have collaborated for over twenty years to create environmental art installations which have a remedial trajectory. Their projects move away from an anthropocentric point of view. These works are intended to give advantage to natural systems, and after a period of time, as the restoration process is established, the artists’ presence diminishes, and the end result is remedial.

This project will be on view starting late spring and featured as part of the Breckenridge International Festival of Arts (BIFA) from Aug 9–18, 2019. Daniel McCormick and Mary O’Brien’s residency and installation is supported through an Our Town grant from the National Endowment for the Arts, part of BCA’s ‘Ecoventions Breckenridge’ project.