Watershed Sculpture at Sleepy Hollow Creek

The December/January 2008 issue of Orion Magazine carried my story "Healing Sculpture" about my public art installations in Northern California.

"Nature Bound" Exhibition at the Meridian Gallery


"Weaving and binding willow branches and twigs, he makes "restorative" objects, like the ribbed kayak-shaped form dangling from the ceiling and the big curling noodle on the floor, that he sets into the banks of streams to hold back silt that hurts fish and other aquatic life. "

Landscapes of Meaning

Here's the link to the full article in Landscape and Art Magazine:
Landscapes of Meaning

Flood Plane Wall Sculpture

This sculpture is one of several public art works that I created in the Arroyo Seco for the Cty of Pasadena, CA.



“You can't replicate what was there in the historic flood plane, but you can recreate parts of the environment. The good thing about McCormick's sculpture is that it doesn't change nature, it just helps it along. In this case he created a small structure that replicates the function of a natural stream bank levee encouraging gradual deposition of sediments behind it. When the wall develops new growth from the riparian plants woven in, it will sustain itself for years to come and it will produce a lasting floodplain behind it that is structurally identical to a natural one. "

Martin Kammerer, Environmental Scientist
Mountains Recreation and Conservation Authority.

Headlands Center for the Arts Studio

Working at the Headlands Center for the Arts during Daniel's Bridge Residency, we were able to finish the documentation for the West Marin project, a 10 year installation of works along a 3/4 mile section of Olema Creek, one of the last remaining salmon spawning grounds in the Bay Area.









from Art of Engagement

Peter Selz includes Daniel in Art of Engagement, University of California Press, in the chapter "Toward a Sustainable Earth".


"Rather than retelling nature's story, Daniel McCormick has decided to work directly, hands-on, with natural habitats and watersheds. He intervenes in the environment, with the goal of reestablishing the equilibrium. His own environmental sculptures lose their identity as manmade artifacts, deconstructing as natural processes are reestablished."

To see more of this work go to: http://www.arroyoseco.org/watershedsculptures.htm