Elaine Zmuda

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Sandscapes

September - November 2017

As an introduction to urban ecologies, we had to observe and document a "natural" environment in Chicago.  I selected 31st Street Beach, which may seem natural, but is constructed entirely.  I first documented the variations in sand through plaster casts in situ, recording the natural-yet-unnatural changes over distance.

1. steps from the tide   2. mid-beach   3. where the grass begins to take over (and break plaster)

At a later time, I went back to start to record the interaction of the sand (the "natural") with the concrete pavement (the "unnatural").  Almost immediately, I became interested in the water on the pavement running off into the sand, often dragging waste from human actions onto it. These inkings were completed, recording the water mixing the two separate surfaces.