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Methods and Materials: Ecological Art in Practice 

When: March 3-May 11 2011
Land art, traditional craft techniques, and environmental awareness combine in the ecological artworks of Daniel McCormick, an artist and architect who has for 25 years created outdoor sculptures that do practical as well as aesthetic work. On view are drawings and photographs of past and present projects as well as wall sculptures that proudly manifest their organic bona fides. With their branches, burlap, rope, and riparian brush gathered into bundles and packets, the sculptures trap silt, combat erosion, and enhance or heal damaged environments while treading lightly on the earth and eventually disintegrating. Pieces like the silt traps for the Point Reyes Coho salmon breeding grounds and the erosion-control baskets for Olema Creek also help raise public awareness about watershed stability and sustainability. Methods and Materials: Ecological Art in Practice runs through May 11 at David Brower Center (2150 Allston Way, Berkeley). 510-486-0286 or BrowerCenter.org.
— DeWitt Cheng

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