Title: Expedition


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I am creating 17 stones, each 1 foot in length and width and 3 inches tall on the surface of the ground.  They will be an additional 12 inches buried into the soil.  So 15 inches in total length.  First, I need clay to craft the stones and footprints on them.  The clay is about $350.  I need tools for fine and clearer detail.  The tools for carving the animal footprints and text for the stones in a set of 12, cost about $12 online.  Then, I need plaster to pour over the clay to get an imprint of the stones, to transfer on to concrete.  Plaster is about $4.25 per square foot so the cost will be about $60.  Then I will pour concrete into the plaster molds.  I need 6 bags of concrete, which costs almost $20 a bag at LOWE’s.  So I will need $120 of concrete. To make the concrete more durable and strong I need chopped fibers to pour into the mix, which is about $50.  In total: $592.


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I am making 15 stones with 15 different animals footprints on each, with labels of their names, and interesting facts about them.  Each stone will be 1 foot in length and width and 3 inches thick on the surface, and 12 inches buried in the ground (15 total).  The title text on the tiles will be 1.5 inches, and the fact text will be a half of an inch.  The footprints will be in correct proportion to the animal’s size to give accuracy of the animal’s tracks.  The stones will be spaced out on the ground 20 feet in length and 12 feet in (meandering) width, to ensure the path is simple to follow in to the Wetlands.  The pathway of the stones will meander along the way to the stream, to imitate the wetland stream.  I have one additional stone, for a human footprint, with a quote, to include humans within the life cycle of the wetlands and nature.  In the beginning of the path there will also be one concrete stone with a quote to give clarity to the project of the pathway.  “Expedition” will be in the field of the wetlands, leading towards the stream to the left of the sports field.  The pathway to the wetlands is an invitation for people to explore the wetlands and learn about its creatures whom dwell in it.  The animal’s presence that is made on the stones will educate on which animals live in the area, and the progress we have made, as well as an influence to keep their habitat healthy by building a new connection with them.

Quote at the front of the trail on a stone– You carry mother Earth within you; she is not outside of you.  Mother Earth is not just your environment.  The wetlands are the lungs and filters of our land, and what you take from them, you must give back. 


The diverse life in the wetlands is my inspiration for my art piece.  I have grown up on 10 acres of forested wetlands, and I wouldn’t have it any other way.  I think it is important for others to have the similar experiences I did when I explored the wetlands and learned about the animals.  It is difficult watching the wetlands and other ecosystems become polluted and destroyed, so I think it is important to highlight that we make differences in saving and sustain the wetlands and it animals.

I have a very strong passion for the environment, so I would like to share it with others.  I would like to merge wildlife with humanity, and have the beauty of the wetland animals be present in people’s lives.  Animals are vital to the wetlands health, so it is important to recognize them in the world.  I took imprints of animal’s footprints, and gathered facts about them, to translate them into footstones to follow into the wetlands.  The human presence in the piece strives to indicate the importance of the human role and bond with nature.  My piece addresses the wildlife in the wetlands and interesting facts about them, while creating a relationship between people and the animals, as well as how we relate to the wetland environment.

We need to understand we do not own the Earth, we belong to it.  We must realize that we cannot live without Mother Earth, but it can live without humans.  So, it is gravely important that we take care of our environment, to ensure our humanity and future generations of life.  I think it’s important to understand, that we are still able to make changes and fix the damage we have caused to the environment, and become one with it, as I have done growing up.




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Website the quote was barrowed from: -Chief Seattle




4 responses to “Expedition

  1. SkipYourCommute.com

    I love this idea. It was one I thought of trying once, but your take on it is awesome. It never occurred to me to use animal prints and facts to bring value to their presence while leading the reader to our environmental biodiversity problem with us at its core. Brilliant!

  2. Thank you! It was a struggle to find interesting facts, but I think I got some good ones in there. I thought that animal foot prints would really emphasize the diverse life of the wetlands.

  3. I really like the lay of the stone tiles, it draws you to the next one and the next one, until finally you reached the end of the journey of discovering about each animals. I also liked that you put the imprint of a human’s foot and the idea of “merging wildlife with humanity” had a great concept.

    • Thanks! It was the goal to invite the viewer into the wetlands (again merging wildlife with humanity) and learn about the animals living there at the same time.

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