These are some mask sculptures I made last fall using natural materials found along the Muddy River (yes that is its name and it is), a tributary of the Charles River that separates Boston from Cambridge...it is badly polluted due to being used for storm and sewer overflow since the Charles was dammed eliminating the natural flushing action of the tides...hopefully they will be used in an exhibition calling attention to the natural beauty of the Olmstead-designed park in order to raise awareness and secure funding for much needed dredging and restoration...I plan to make others and donate them for silent auctions sponsored by the Brookline (MA) Arts Center and a group sponsoring Community Gardens....

The first incorporates sweetgum, beechnut, and maple...the second incorporates pigeon feathers (naturally shed), and oak acorns...the third gets an award for the best use of ailanthus (the tree of heaven, tree that grew in Brooklyn, weed tree), mossycup oak, acorns...and the piece de resistance is Medusa incorporating all of the above and black locust pods for the "snakes"...click on the thumbnails to enlarge.