Gray Space Project In Progress:
Phase 1 is the creation of a 40″ x 67″ multi-layered, hand-cut image of a piece of water using clear Dura-Lar.
Water is almost an invisible issue. On the green west side of the Cascade mountains it can appear that water will always be abundant. However, as yearly temperatures rise in Oregon, water resources will become more stressed. The state’s largest reservoir is the snowpack. But summers are becoming hotter and longer, stretching out the dry season, and winters are trending warmer and wetter. An abundant snowpack will no longer be a reliable occurrence. More water will come as rain in the winter and the snow will melt earlier, overreaching the natural capacity of the landscape to store water for drier times. Magnifying changes in the ecosystem’s natural water storage patterns are engineered structures such as roads, farms and dams, and natural phenomena like wildfires and erosion.
This project will draw attention to the changing nature of water in Oregon, and our relationship to it.