MISSISSIPPI AND MISSOURI RIVER CONFLUENCE
MISSISSIPPI AND MISSOURI RIVER CONFLUENCE

We started making work in our home of St. Louis, home of the meeting of America's two greatest rivers.

SWAMP
SWAMP

Chouteau Island, Madison County, Illinois - January 2016
N38.760794 W90.147436
Chouteau Island is the northern part of the land between the Chain of Rocks Canal and the wild stretch of the Mississippi River that separates Missouri from Illinois. The southern part of this area is called Gabaret Island. You can see this agricultural and conservation area driving over the highway 270 bridge at 60 miles an hour. Or, you can enjoy the view of the habitat, levee trails, and river access by taking highway 3 south from 270 and making the first right turn, then going west on Chain of Rocks Road, across the canal and through the wetlands to the river.  More info

PinkSnow.jpg
RainGarden.jpg
WashingtonPark1.jpg
WashingtonPark2.jpg
TethysFloodEvidence1.jpg
TethysFloodEvidence2.jpg
Horseshoe.jpg
Route3Bubble.jpg
FAIR GROUNDS
FAIR GROUNDS
StillBlue2.jpg
StillBlue1.jpg
DevildProp.jpg
Midas.jpg
Stalagmite.jpg
Tributary2.jpg
Tethys2.jpg
TethysPanorama.jpg
TethysBridge.jpg
FLOWerSewer.jpg
RVRWTR.jpg
TheIceStoppedHere.jpg
GrandTower.jpg
CHECKING STARBOARD
CHECKING STARBOARD

Florida and C streets, St. Louis, Missouri-October 2013 38' 22.8048"N 90° 10' 56.2398"W

 

Seven individual cairn sculptures are placed in the shape of the Big Dipper star constellation-pointing north. Most of the time, Illinois is east of Missouri, but because of a bend in the Mississippi River which divides the two states, Illinois is north at this point.

FLUID 

FLUID 


Maryville University, Town and Country, Missouri- August 2012  38° 36' 12.672"N 90.19921W

The fissure in the limestone behind the cairn shows how water flowing, freezing, and thawing can split the rocks, changing the landscape.

CHECKING THE PORT
CHECKING THE PORT

Granite City and Madison, Illinois- March 2013 N38.684704 W090.184372 38° 41' 4.9344"N 90° 11' 3.7386"W

Sixteen cairns, their shapes inspired by chess pieces, were placed on the site of the America’s Central Port’s new harbor, being constructed where the southern end of the Chain of Rocks Canal meets the Mississippi River.

ChinaCreek.jpg
ChinaCreek2.jpg
CRACKED
CRACKED

Sports Complex at Forestwood Park, Ferguson, Missouri-August 2012   38° 44' 17.8434"N 90° 17' 3.372"W

Rain falling in this part of Maline Creek drainage area, or sub-watershed, flows from a fenced, concrete-lined channel and into the creek at the edge of Forestwood Park.

DrinkUp.jpg
ElsaFlood.jpg
GREEN GODDESS

GREEN GODDESS


Fairmont City, Illinois- April 2013

38° 38' 54.0846"N 90° 6' 32.7054"W

 

Most people don’t like algae—it’s slimy—but algae is a Green Goddess providing food for animals and nutrients for plants like these five-foot-tall grasses.

FLOWer
FLOWer

Multiple locations in Metro St. Louis-2012-2013

Here in a St. Louis, Missouri alley 38° 36' 14.814"N 90° 13' 3.1326"W

Older cities like St. Louis have sewer systems with both sanitary and storm drainage routed through the same pipes including 100-year-old brick tunnel under this alley.

TREE Larson Park, Webster Groves, Missouri-July 2011  35' 36.06"N 90° 22' 9.5304"W
TREE Larson Park, Webster Groves, Missouri-July 2011 35' 36.06"N 90° 22' 9.5304"W

The rings of concentric glass cylinders of this cairn mimic the rings of the “Century Tree,” a native oak growing in Larson Park in Webster Groves, an early St. Louis suburb.

GAIA
GAIA

Mill Creek, Cobden, Illinois -March 2012 37° 34' 52.4994"N 89.27101"W

This cairn is named for Gaia, the personification of the Earth and the mother of all the gods in ancient Greek religion.

GreenKnees.jpg
HIGH WATER/low water
HIGH WATER/low water

South Warf Street, St. Louis, Missouri- February 2013 38° 36' 35.7402"N 90° 11' 23.8452"W

These two cairns were photographed in an industrial area just south of the Gateway Arch north/upriver of the St. Louis Metropolitan Sewer District Miller Street Pumping Station when the river was low.

KARST  Sioux Passage Park, Missouri-August 2011 38° 51' 3.0954"N 90° 16' 37.9194"W
KARST Sioux Passage Park, Missouri-August 2011 38° 51' 3.0954"N 90° 16' 37.9194"W

Much of the St. Louis Region is built on karst, a limestone foundation that dissolves to create sinkholes, like this one near the Missouri River in North St. Louis County.

KitchenSink2.jpg
Libation.jpg
LibationWhiteCliff.jpg
OIL CAN  Lewis and Clark Departure Memorial, Hartford, Illinois-May 2011 38° 48' 18.684"N 90° 6' 41.976"W
OIL CAN Lewis and Clark Departure Memorial, Hartford, Illinois-May 2011 38° 48' 18.684"N 90° 6' 41.976"W

When Lewis and Clark launched their Journey of Discovery near this spot in May 1804, rivers were their roads and oil came from plants and animals. Now, oil from distant wells is transported to the nearby refinery at Hartford, Illinois.

PRECIPITATION
PRECIPITATION

Chain of Rocks Park, St. Louis, Missouri-March 2012 38°45'34.18"N  90°11'10.23"W

Fifteen blue- and clear-glass cairn sculptures stand on concrete steps in this north St. Louis city park, where melted snow water will flow to the Mississippi River.

RIPARIAN
RIPARIAN

 St. Stanislaus Conservation Area, Hazelwood, Missouri-January 2013 38° 48' 50.5218"N 90° 23' 40.9446"W

A riparian buffer is an area of trees and grasses that shades the water and slows down runoff from adjacent land.

Riverlands.jpg
Riverlands1bridge.jpg
 CINDERELLA, ROCK-R-FELLA
CINDERELLA, ROCK-R-FELLA

Castlewood County Park, Chesterfield, Missouri-October 2011

38° 19' 43.68"N 90.32493W

 

Cinderella, Rock-r-Fella cairn, assembled from a glass fish bowl, vases, and ashtrays, and containing rocks from the site, sits on a rusty, three-legged metal stool overlooking the Meramec River at Kiefer Creek.

SEDGE
SEDGE

Off Highway 3, Granite City, IL-January 2013 38° 43' 31.1874"N 90° 8' 57.6414"W

Like the almost invisible Sedge cairn, sedge plants, solid-stem grass-like vegetation are difficult to distinguish from true grasses, including lawn grasses and cultivated grains.

SEDGE ll
SEDGE ll

Off Highway 3,Granite City, IL- February 2013 38° 43' 26.0976"N 90° 8' 59.208"W

 

The Sedge cairn was photographed at dusk between a highway and railroad track to illustrate the ways we can pass very close to natural areas without seeing them.

SilverCreekSpire.jpg
SilverCreekRoadside.jpg
GROUNDWATER
GROUNDWATER

Stemler Cave, Columbia, Illinois- July 2012

Private property near Stemler Trail

 

Some streams drop below the ground’s surface. Other streams begin as springs, deep in caves. Ultimately the water all reaches its river destination.

 

TRANSGENDERED FROGS
TRANSGENDERED FROGS

Howell Island Conservation Area, Chesterfield, Missouri-May 2012  38° 39' 52.1994"N 90° 40' 46.6314"W

The title of this piece refers to the genetic mutations occurring in frogs and fish in rivers where high concentrations of hormones and chemicals from prescription drugs have been detected.

 

TRIBUTARY  Cliff Cave County Park, St. Louis County, Missouri-July 2011 28° 35' 36.06"N 90° 17' 13.1274"W
TRIBUTARY Cliff Cave County Park, St. Louis County, Missouri-July 2011 28° 35' 36.06"N 90° 17' 13.1274"W

A small, unnamed stream flows through eroded banks into the Mississippi River on a sunny day in south St. Louis County.

 

Whitebird.jpg
BALANCE  Greenmount & Frank Scott, Shiloh, Illinois-Oct. 2011 38° 34' 9.372"N 89° 55' 46.4154"W
BALANCE Greenmount & Frank Scott, Shiloh, Illinois-Oct. 2011 38° 34' 9.372"N 89° 55' 46.4154"W

This 5-foot-tall cairn is dwarfed by construction materials that will be used to bury a creek and to channel storm water from two large shopping malls into the remains of a natural stream. 

KitchenSink.jpg
TECHNOLOGY WILL/WON’T SAVE US  River des Peres Greenway, St. Louis, Missouri-October 2011 38° 32' 39.588"N 90° 16' 13.728"W
TECHNOLOGY WILL/WON’T SAVE US River des Peres Greenway, St. Louis, Missouri-October 2011 38° 32' 39.588"N 90° 16' 13.728"W

An outdated cathode-ray tube on the top of this found-glass-and-metal sculpture stands in the River des Peres concrete channel, built to conduct water flowing from storm sewers into the Mississippi River.

AMPHORA
AMPHORA

Shenandoah and Second Street, St. Louis, Missouri-March 2011  38° 36' 12.672"N 90.19921W

An amphora is an ancient Greek vase used to carry water.  If you look closely, you will see a tiny clay amphora in the top of this glass cairn.

MISSISSIPPI AND MISSOURI RIVER CONFLUENCE
SWAMP
PinkSnow.jpg
RainGarden.jpg
WashingtonPark1.jpg
WashingtonPark2.jpg
TethysFloodEvidence1.jpg
TethysFloodEvidence2.jpg
Horseshoe.jpg
Route3Bubble.jpg
FAIR GROUNDS
StillBlue2.jpg
StillBlue1.jpg
DevildProp.jpg
Midas.jpg
Stalagmite.jpg
Tributary2.jpg
Tethys2.jpg
TethysPanorama.jpg
TethysBridge.jpg
FLOWerSewer.jpg
RVRWTR.jpg
TheIceStoppedHere.jpg
GrandTower.jpg
CHECKING STARBOARD
FLUID 

CHECKING THE PORT
ChinaCreek.jpg
ChinaCreek2.jpg
CRACKED
DrinkUp.jpg
ElsaFlood.jpg
GREEN GODDESS

FLOWer
TREE Larson Park, Webster Groves, Missouri-July 2011  35' 36.06"N 90° 22' 9.5304"W
GAIA
GreenKnees.jpg
HIGH WATER/low water
KARST  Sioux Passage Park, Missouri-August 2011 38° 51' 3.0954"N 90° 16' 37.9194"W
KitchenSink2.jpg
Libation.jpg
LibationWhiteCliff.jpg
OIL CAN  Lewis and Clark Departure Memorial, Hartford, Illinois-May 2011 38° 48' 18.684"N 90° 6' 41.976"W
PRECIPITATION
RIPARIAN
Riverlands.jpg
Riverlands1bridge.jpg
 CINDERELLA, ROCK-R-FELLA
SEDGE
SEDGE ll
SilverCreekSpire.jpg
SilverCreekRoadside.jpg
  More info.
GROUNDWATER
TRANSGENDERED FROGS
TRIBUTARY  Cliff Cave County Park, St. Louis County, Missouri-July 2011 28° 35' 36.06"N 90° 17' 13.1274"W
Whitebird.jpg
BALANCE  Greenmount & Frank Scott, Shiloh, Illinois-Oct. 2011 38° 34' 9.372"N 89° 55' 46.4154"W
KitchenSink.jpg
TECHNOLOGY WILL/WON’T SAVE US  River des Peres Greenway, St. Louis, Missouri-October 2011 38° 32' 39.588"N 90° 16' 13.728"W
AMPHORA
MISSISSIPPI AND MISSOURI RIVER CONFLUENCE

We started making work in our home of St. Louis, home of the meeting of America's two greatest rivers.

SWAMP

Chouteau Island, Madison County, Illinois - January 2016
N38.760794 W90.147436
Chouteau Island is the northern part of the land between the Chain of Rocks Canal and the wild stretch of the Mississippi River that separates Missouri from Illinois. The southern part of this area is called Gabaret Island. You can see this agricultural and conservation area driving over the highway 270 bridge at 60 miles an hour. Or, you can enjoy the view of the habitat, levee trails, and river access by taking highway 3 south from 270 and making the first right turn, then going west on Chain of Rocks Road, across the canal and through the wetlands to the river.  More info

FAIR GROUNDS
CHECKING STARBOARD

Florida and C streets, St. Louis, Missouri-October 2013 38' 22.8048"N 90° 10' 56.2398"W

 

Seven individual cairn sculptures are placed in the shape of the Big Dipper star constellation-pointing north. Most of the time, Illinois is east of Missouri, but because of a bend in the Mississippi River which divides the two states, Illinois is north at this point.

FLUID 


Maryville University, Town and Country, Missouri- August 2012  38° 36' 12.672"N 90.19921W

The fissure in the limestone behind the cairn shows how water flowing, freezing, and thawing can split the rocks, changing the landscape.

CHECKING THE PORT

Granite City and Madison, Illinois- March 2013 N38.684704 W090.184372 38° 41' 4.9344"N 90° 11' 3.7386"W

Sixteen cairns, their shapes inspired by chess pieces, were placed on the site of the America’s Central Port’s new harbor, being constructed where the southern end of the Chain of Rocks Canal meets the Mississippi River.

CRACKED

Sports Complex at Forestwood Park, Ferguson, Missouri-August 2012   38° 44' 17.8434"N 90° 17' 3.372"W

Rain falling in this part of Maline Creek drainage area, or sub-watershed, flows from a fenced, concrete-lined channel and into the creek at the edge of Forestwood Park.

GREEN GODDESS


Fairmont City, Illinois- April 2013

38° 38' 54.0846"N 90° 6' 32.7054"W

 

Most people don’t like algae—it’s slimy—but algae is a Green Goddess providing food for animals and nutrients for plants like these five-foot-tall grasses.

FLOWer

Multiple locations in Metro St. Louis-2012-2013

Here in a St. Louis, Missouri alley 38° 36' 14.814"N 90° 13' 3.1326"W

Older cities like St. Louis have sewer systems with both sanitary and storm drainage routed through the same pipes including 100-year-old brick tunnel under this alley.

TREE Larson Park, Webster Groves, Missouri-July 2011 35' 36.06"N 90° 22' 9.5304"W

The rings of concentric glass cylinders of this cairn mimic the rings of the “Century Tree,” a native oak growing in Larson Park in Webster Groves, an early St. Louis suburb.

GAIA

Mill Creek, Cobden, Illinois -March 2012 37° 34' 52.4994"N 89.27101"W

This cairn is named for Gaia, the personification of the Earth and the mother of all the gods in ancient Greek religion.

HIGH WATER/low water

South Warf Street, St. Louis, Missouri- February 2013 38° 36' 35.7402"N 90° 11' 23.8452"W

These two cairns were photographed in an industrial area just south of the Gateway Arch north/upriver of the St. Louis Metropolitan Sewer District Miller Street Pumping Station when the river was low.

KARST Sioux Passage Park, Missouri-August 2011 38° 51' 3.0954"N 90° 16' 37.9194"W

Much of the St. Louis Region is built on karst, a limestone foundation that dissolves to create sinkholes, like this one near the Missouri River in North St. Louis County.

OIL CAN Lewis and Clark Departure Memorial, Hartford, Illinois-May 2011 38° 48' 18.684"N 90° 6' 41.976"W

When Lewis and Clark launched their Journey of Discovery near this spot in May 1804, rivers were their roads and oil came from plants and animals. Now, oil from distant wells is transported to the nearby refinery at Hartford, Illinois.

PRECIPITATION

Chain of Rocks Park, St. Louis, Missouri-March 2012 38°45'34.18"N  90°11'10.23"W

Fifteen blue- and clear-glass cairn sculptures stand on concrete steps in this north St. Louis city park, where melted snow water will flow to the Mississippi River.

RIPARIAN

 St. Stanislaus Conservation Area, Hazelwood, Missouri-January 2013 38° 48' 50.5218"N 90° 23' 40.9446"W

A riparian buffer is an area of trees and grasses that shades the water and slows down runoff from adjacent land.

CINDERELLA, ROCK-R-FELLA

Castlewood County Park, Chesterfield, Missouri-October 2011

38° 19' 43.68"N 90.32493W

 

Cinderella, Rock-r-Fella cairn, assembled from a glass fish bowl, vases, and ashtrays, and containing rocks from the site, sits on a rusty, three-legged metal stool overlooking the Meramec River at Kiefer Creek.

SEDGE

Off Highway 3, Granite City, IL-January 2013 38° 43' 31.1874"N 90° 8' 57.6414"W

Like the almost invisible Sedge cairn, sedge plants, solid-stem grass-like vegetation are difficult to distinguish from true grasses, including lawn grasses and cultivated grains.

SEDGE ll

Off Highway 3,Granite City, IL- February 2013 38° 43' 26.0976"N 90° 8' 59.208"W

 

The Sedge cairn was photographed at dusk between a highway and railroad track to illustrate the ways we can pass very close to natural areas without seeing them.

GROUNDWATER

Stemler Cave, Columbia, Illinois- July 2012

Private property near Stemler Trail

 

Some streams drop below the ground’s surface. Other streams begin as springs, deep in caves. Ultimately the water all reaches its river destination.

 

TRANSGENDERED FROGS

Howell Island Conservation Area, Chesterfield, Missouri-May 2012  38° 39' 52.1994"N 90° 40' 46.6314"W

The title of this piece refers to the genetic mutations occurring in frogs and fish in rivers where high concentrations of hormones and chemicals from prescription drugs have been detected.

 

TRIBUTARY Cliff Cave County Park, St. Louis County, Missouri-July 2011 28° 35' 36.06"N 90° 17' 13.1274"W

A small, unnamed stream flows through eroded banks into the Mississippi River on a sunny day in south St. Louis County.

 

BALANCE Greenmount & Frank Scott, Shiloh, Illinois-Oct. 2011 38° 34' 9.372"N 89° 55' 46.4154"W

This 5-foot-tall cairn is dwarfed by construction materials that will be used to bury a creek and to channel storm water from two large shopping malls into the remains of a natural stream. 

TECHNOLOGY WILL/WON’T SAVE US River des Peres Greenway, St. Louis, Missouri-October 2011 38° 32' 39.588"N 90° 16' 13.728"W

An outdated cathode-ray tube on the top of this found-glass-and-metal sculpture stands in the River des Peres concrete channel, built to conduct water flowing from storm sewers into the Mississippi River.

AMPHORA

Shenandoah and Second Street, St. Louis, Missouri-March 2011  38° 36' 12.672"N 90.19921W

An amphora is an ancient Greek vase used to carry water.  If you look closely, you will see a tiny clay amphora in the top of this glass cairn.

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