Betsy Damon, Chinook Bend, 2011
© Betsy Damon, Homage to Living Systems: Living Water Compass, 2011, Stone and cast glass, Photo by Brett Roberts

The Chinook Bend Natural Area lies within the Snoqualmie River's 100-year floodplain and is adjacent to the river on three sides. Damon's artwork, Homage to Living Systems, honors its increasing bio-dynamism. Living Water Compass features a low relief image of a magnified drop of water, full of vitality and vortices, to demonstrate the metaphor of returning the site to an integrated living system. Pole to Measure Floods identifies flood levels by measuring the rising and falling waters. Seating Stones, created from glacial boulders, are etched with natural imagery and descriptors of revitalization: reveal, restore, and revere. Together they provide amenities to the site for interpretation, rest and viewing of the river and environs.

Public art installed in this ecologically sensitive area serves a role beyond the aesthetic and practical, that of telling the story of the importance of water and the relationship of water to the land. Homage to Living Systems continues King County's long tradition of integrating public art and the conceptual ideas of artists into the design of infrastructure, parks and open space.

Learn more about Chinook Bend Natural Area.

Visit the artist's website.

Listen to Betsy Damon talk about her artwork at Chinook Bend Natural Area.

Betsy Damon, Chinook Bend, 2011
© Betsy Damon, Homage to Living Systems: Pole to Measure Floods, 2011, Stone, cast glass, and steel, Photo by Brett Roberts

The Chinook Bend Natural Area lies within the Snoqualmie River's 100-year floodplain and is adjacent to the river on three sides. Damon's artwork, Homage to Living Systems, honors its increasing bio-dynamism. Living Water Compass features a low relief image of a magnified drop of water, full of vitality and vortices, to demonstrate the metaphor of returning the site to an integrated living system. Pole to Measure Floods identifies flood levels by measuring the rising and falling waters. Seating Stones, created from glacial boulders, are etched with natural imagery and descriptors of revitalization: reveal, restore, and revere. Together they provide amenities to the site for interpretation, rest and viewing of the river and environs.

Public art installed in this ecologically sensitive area serves a role beyond the aesthetic and practical, that of telling the story of the importance of water and the relationship of water to the land. Homage to Living Systems continues King County's long tradition of integrating public art and the conceptual ideas of artists into the design of infrastructure, parks and open space.

Learn more about Chinook Bend Natural Area.

Visit the artist's website.

Listen to Betsy Damon talk about her artwork at Chinook Bend Natural Area.

Betsy Damon, Chinook Bend, 2011
© Betsy Damon, Homage to Living Systems: Pole to Measure Floods, 2011, Stone, cast glass, and steel, Photo by Laura Hartema

The Chinook Bend Natural Area lies within the Snoqualmie River's 100-year floodplain and is adjacent to the river on three sides. Damon's artwork, Homage to Living Systems, honors its increasing bio-dynamism. Living Water Compass features a low relief image of a magnified drop of water, full of vitality and vortices, to demonstrate the metaphor of returning the site to an integrated living system. Pole to Measure Floods identifies flood levels by measuring the rising and falling waters. Seating Stones, created from glacial boulders, are etched with natural imagery and descriptors of revitalization: reveal, restore, and revere. Together they provide amenities to the site for interpretation, rest and viewing of the river and environs.

Public art installed in this ecologically sensitive area serves a role beyond the aesthetic and practical, that of telling the story of the importance of water and the relationship of water to the land. Homage to Living Systems continues King County's long tradition of integrating public art and the conceptual ideas of artists into the design of infrastructure, parks and open space.

Learn more about Chinook Bend Natural Area.

Visit the artist's website.

Listen to Betsy Damon talk about her artwork at Chinook Bend Natural Area.

Betsy Damon, Chinook Bend, 2011
© Betsy Damon, Homage to Living Systems: Seating Stones, 2011, Glacial boulders, Photo by Brett Roberts

The Chinook Bend Natural Area lies within the Snoqualmie River's 100-year floodplain and is adjacent to the river on three sides. Damon's artwork, Homage to Living Systems, honors its increasing bio-dynamism. Living Water Compass features a low relief image of a magnified drop of water, full of vitality and vortices, to demonstrate the metaphor of returning the site to an integrated living system. Pole to Measure Floods identifies flood levels by measuring the rising and falling waters. Seating Stones, created from glacial boulders, are etched with natural imagery and descriptors of revitalization: reveal, restore, and revere. Together they provide amenities to the site for interpretation, rest and viewing of the river and environs.

Public art installed in this ecologically sensitive area serves a role beyond the aesthetic and practical, that of telling the story of the importance of water and the relationship of water to the land. Homage to Living Systems continues King County's long tradition of integrating public art and the conceptual ideas of artists into the design of infrastructure, parks and open space.

Learn more about Chinook Bend Natural Area.

Visit the artist's website.

Listen to Betsy Damon talk about her artwork at Chinook Bend Natural Area.

Betsy Damon, Chinook Bend, 2011
© Betsy Damon, Homage to Living Systems: Seating Stones, 2011, Glacial boulders, Photo by Brett Roberts

The Chinook Bend Natural Area lies within the Snoqualmie River's 100-year floodplain and is adjacent to the river on three sides. Damon's artwork, Homage to Living Systems, honors its increasing bio-dynamism. Living Water Compass features a low relief image of a magnified drop of water, full of vitality and vortices, to demonstrate the metaphor of returning the site to an integrated living system. Pole to Measure Floods identifies flood levels by measuring the rising and falling waters. Seating Stones, created from glacial boulders, are etched with natural imagery and descriptors of revitalization: reveal, restore, and revere. Together they provide amenities to the site for interpretation, rest and viewing of the river and environs.

Public art installed in this ecologically sensitive area serves a role beyond the aesthetic and practical, that of telling the story of the importance of water and the relationship of water to the land. Homage to Living Systems continues King County's long tradition of integrating public art and the conceptual ideas of artists into the design of infrastructure, parks and open space.

Learn more about Chinook Bend Natural Area.

Visit the artist's website.

Listen to Betsy Damon talk about her artwork at Chinook Bend Natural Area.

Collection: Chinook Bend Carnation, Washington

Homage to Living Systems by Betsy Damon is integrated into the Chinook Bend Natural Area.