Miles Lost Miles Gained

Art and science combine to virtually restore lost rivers through digital maps, sculpture and intersecting tales of ecosystem destruction and restoration.

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Go! Check out Seattle’s beloved purveyor of poetically correct public art, Buster Simpson, at the Frye Art Museum

Go! Check out Seattle’s beloved purveyor of poetically correct public art, Buster Simpson, at the Frye Art Museum

This is a terrific retrospective. I think Buster is on one of Seattle’s true gems. He is as prolific and ingenious an artist as any I know. His use of art and humor to reveal hidden relationships between people and the land and water and plants and animals and buildings is both inspiring and humbling. Just look at him peering down into this catch basin he helped create for the P-Patch in Seattle’s Belltown neighborhood. A nearby condo’s gutters were outfitted to deliver their runoff to a large cistern, shaped like a hand. The hand (and gravity) feed water to the plants in the p-patch down the street. I took this photo during my first foray into the wild with Buster.  Our talks on art and life as we toured the Elwha last year won’t soon be forgotten. Also, a great write-up on Buster by Jen Graves over at the Stranger. Go see it!