We started making work in our home of St. Louis, home of the meeting of America's two greatest rivers.
Chouteau Island, Madison County, Illinois - January 2016
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
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
A small, unnamed stream flows through eroded banks into the Mississippi River on a sunny day in south St. Louis County.
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.
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.
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.