STACY LEVY and JULIE BARGMANN
AMD&ART PROJECT IN
Collaboration with Julie Bargmann, Landscape Architect. Robert Deason, Hydrogeologist and T. Allan Comp Historian
a sculptor, my interest in the natural world rests both in art and science. I work within the two fields using art as a
vehicle for translating the patterns and processes of the natural world into
the language of human understanding. I have worked to bring a whole
neighborhood of microorganisms into view in a street in
Testing the Waters is a completely new method of designing a passive water treatment solution for acid mine drainage, a nasty cocktail of heavy metals which seeps out of abandoned mines. Rather than a typical engineered solution, in this project we are both treating the water and showing the process. The Litmus Gardens, hedgerows of native trees and shrubs vivify the process of the water treatment, reflecting the color of the water as it progresses throughout the treatment basins from deep orange, to yellow and then to pea green. The design of the water treatment wetlands brings the massive scale of the mining operation back to the site, with raised plinths of soil demarcating the footprints of the original mine buildings. The team has worked closely with the community through a series of neighborhood meetings and field days, planting trees with volunteer groups. Much of the project was built with in-kind services and was made possible by a great effort from Ameri-Corp Volunteers.
Levy investigates water, clarifying the movement of rain and storm water in the
landscape and making visible the patterns of watersheds and flowing water. She has commissions in
Yellowboy galvanized steel sandblasted glass, materials from the site; 25" x 25' x 2"
Bony galvanized steel sandblasted glass, materials from the site; 25" x 25' x 2"
These plates contain materials of the site, from the black waste material called bony to the sticky iron participate called yellowboy. These materials are all pollutants but their bright colors and contrasts give the site a sublime reality: fearsome yet beautiful- a landscape of toxins and allure.