A site-specific installation in Mellon Park. As part of
the 1994 Pittsburgh Biennial Exhibition, two acres of traditional
city park were transformed into a semi-wild area. The installation
was bounded by a configuration of birch trees that were
dedicated by members of the community with plaques. An agreement
was made with the City Parks Department that the interior
acreage would not be mowed. This gesture allowed it to grow
and evolve into a natural habitat. The discontinued mowing
allowed for growth of numerous species: the biodiversity
more than doubled in four years.
Other elements with the area include: three faux marble
passageways, each 9' x 8' x 2' (trellised with morning glories)
to lead viewers up existing sidewalk through center of wild
area to an existing formal garden, a scenic overlook/informational
plaque, and an area of wildflowers with benches.