2011-2014 • Portland, OR

Concrete, cedar root wads, steel cable. 8’6” x 19’ x 9’.

© 2011-2014 Buster Simpson

Site Design by Todd Metten

Cradle is a sculptural offering to the Willamette River. Once a wild river with vast amounts of woody debris, the Willamette has been tamed and we have become its steward by default. Four anthropomorphic concrete anchors cradle three cedar ‘root wads’, awaiting the deployment of their woody debris offering in support of habitat enhancement along the river’s edge. Perhaps these figurative anchors, based on the typical dolos used for shoreline stabilization, will find placement at water’s edge one day in an effort to demystify the intervention of human engagement. Cradle suggests a dynamic dance between the weight of the anthropomorphic anchors and the buoyancy of the tree biomass. The embrace relays an authenticity of relationship and interdependence, from cradle on to the seventh generation.

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