LODGE(d) at the Museum of Northwest Art, Surge Festival on climate change, artists and scientists joined forces to start a multifaceted conversation on rising sea levels. Barbara De Pirro & Lisa Kinoshita created a life-size beaver dam, in tribute to an engineering species so important in conservation (it channels water in such a way as to expand wetlands, recharge groundwater, stabilize sediments, and provide cooler habitat for young salmon) that the Fish & Wildlife Service and US Forest Service are reintroducing it to Methow Valley. On Sept. 28, they deconstructed LODGE(D), moved it to the Matzke Fine Art Gallery and Sculpture Park on Camano Island, and rebuilt it in an entirely new configuration...
The inspiration behind LODGE(d), our life-size beaver dam, a tribute to this a
superlative engineer. The North American
Beaver is a vital partner in environmental restoration; it channels water in
such a way as to expand wetlands, recharge groundwater, stabilize sediments,
and provide cooler habitat for young salmon. An excellent documentary!
Barbara De Pirro’s observations of nature have triggered a profound admiration for its brilliance and resilience while at the same time a deep concern for its fragility and vulnerability. She creates environmental sculpture and installation art. With each project De Pirro strives to create a sense of wonder; enticing the viewer to turn that vision outwards into the natural world, nurturing a sense of appreciation and understanding of that interconnection, ultimately encouraging the protection of our most precious resource.