January 14-16, 2012, Redwood Grove, Los Altos
Register at: www.acterra.org/stewardship
You are invited to join artist Daniel McCormick in restoring a creek bank using willow and other natural materials to create a beautiful living sculpture January 14-16, 2012. The project will help protect a 25-foot length of Adobe Creek in the Los Altos Redwood Grove where invasive Arundo donax was removed last year, leaving the streambank bare. During this time, the bank has been covered by a tarp to prevent regrowth. The tarp will be removed in mid-December and the site will be prepared for the sculpture made from live willow branches. The branches will eventually take root and grow to provide habitat and stabilize the streambank. Volunteers can sign up to work with the artist during the Martin Luther King weekend. Together they will weave an aesthetic and functional design using natural. This project is in partnership with the Los Altos History Museum Shaped by Water exhibition and Acterra with support from the Santa Clara Valley Water District.
Volunteers will help with tasks such as hauling branches and other materials, cutting, trimming, weaving and securing materials to the creek bank. Training will be provided on-site. Two shifts are available each day from 9:30 – noon and 1 – 4 pm. Volunteers must be able to work the entire shift and be physically capable of the activities described above (ages teen through adult). While there are some youth-appropriate activities this project is not a suitable activity for young children. If you don’t meet the qualifications to volunteer, you are welcome to come watch the installation in progress.
About the artist: Daniel McCormick is an interdisciplinary artist and design professional with integrated skills in the fields of sculptural installation, environmental design and ecological restoration. He is the recipient of numerous awards, including an Artist Grant from the Ludwig Vogelstein Foundation, an Invitational Bridge Residency Award from the Headlands Center for the Arts, a creative development grant from the Blumenthal Foundation, a Creative Capital Award and an Urban Landscape Award from the Friends of the Urban Forest. McCormick’s work has been featured in exhibitions at the Oakland Museum of California, Sonoma Valley Museum of Art, Bolinas Art Museum, Headlands Center for the Arts, Armory Center for the Arts in Pasadena, CA and the McColl Center for Visual Art.