Buster Simpson: Art in Service to
posted Feb 22, 2006
Merging his concern for the environment with an acute sense of
three-dimensional form, artist Buster Simpson makes sculptures that
enhance and explain, rather than merely decorate, the landscape.
Seattle-based Simpson, who shows internationally, recently completed
Beckoning Cistern, an aluminum and steel structure that collects water
from the roof of a downtown Seattle building. Diverted from the usual
route to a treatment plant, the grey water passes through the
sculpture—which resembles a semi-abstract hand—and is oxygenated as it
follows a path along the natural downhill slope, irrigating native
plantings as it flows. Supported by the efforts of a design team of
architects and engineers, Beckoning Cistern is a pilot for a larger
project to reintegrate the city and its watershed.
Cydlifiad (Confluences) by
(Confluences)” by Buster Simpson, is a 2003 installation of 20
galvanized pails at the National Botanic Garden of Wales. Each bucket,
painted by garden visitors, bears the name of a stream that forms the
region's watershed. Juxtaposing the man-made with the natural invokes
the “overlay of the built environment and its man-made confluences,”
according to Simpson
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