100' of Diversion

Mid-July and midway through the construction of this new sculpture that will divert a large section of the runoff from the adjacent ranch. I worked again with the Marin Conservation Corps Regen Group as construction contractors.

The sculpture winds through a low swale feeding the John West Fork of Olema Creek.

Public Television Comes to John West Fork

In conjunction with a documentary on "Makers" of the Bay Area a film crew from Minnesota Public Television visited the site on Olema Creek on one of the days I was working with the service-learning group of the Marin Conservation Corps--Project Regen. The film crew stayed with us for the day filming the installation of a new silt trap basket and then visited me in my studio at the Headlands to see how my watershed sculptures are created.

Watershed Sculpture at the Maker Faire

See me at Maker Faire!
Thanks for all the support this weekend. And my special thanks to the pros--Phil Ross and Maria Mortati for their encouragement, inspiration and excellent logistics.

The response was overwhelming and visitors are writing their own reviews of my exhibit (see my links in the Recent Publications section on the right). Stay tuned for more updates and photos to come (we're still recovering!)

Features in Green Msueum Case Study

Green Museum included Daniel in their featured artists listings. See the listing at this link: Green Museum

There's also a case study in their Toolbox for Park and Resource Managers here: CASE STUDY

Concept Drawing-Site Plan

This illustration is part of my process for developing public art installations. This concept drawing is of a site plan of an installation I have done in agricultural area with a salmon spawning creek.

West Marin Site--Before & After


Since the publication of my work in magazines such as Orion Magazine, I have received a lot of inquiries about how people can view my finished work. This is often tricky, since my intention is that the art eventually disappear into the land leaving thriving vegetation to stabilize the creek banks. These photos of a project I have done in a creek on agricultural lands makes the point better than anything I more I could say.

Intervention and Participation

A review at "Blog4Jen" under Careers I Admire.
"...the idea of intervention and interpretation rather than just observation, is what I really admire about McCormick’s perspective. He inserts his work into the creative forces of nature, they become a working and influencing part of a much larger process in a direct and intentional way, as opposed to the way we walk around without realizing our influence. His work is grounded in physical process. Each piece is ephemeral, its creation and disintegration are participatory. That participation reveals the process, brings it to our awareness, makes it perceptible and visible."

Read the whole text (with additional links to publications that cover my work that I didn't even know were on the web) at: Blog4Jen

Sculpting the Land

I received some good press for my solo exhibition at the Bolinas Museum this month.

The Marin Independent Journal ran with a front page story. And, some of the local papers picked it up as well.
January 10, 2008
by Claudia Chapline, Stinson Beach

Environmental Art
In the 1960s, earth artists began working with the landscape as object to be manipulated for aesthetic use. The most well known examples of Earth Art are Spiral Jetty and Lightning Field. The latest environmental art movement is Eco-Art. Ecological artists are working with natural systems to encourage restoration of habitat. This month the Bolinas Museum features the work of Daniel McCormick in the exhibition, Sculpting the Land, opening January 19 and continuing through March 2.

McCormick was once a student of James Turrell, earth and light sculptor, now famous for his work on Roden Crater in Arizona. Armed with a degree in environmental design from UC Berkeley, McCormick set out to go beyond witnessing and documenting environmental change. His work is a positive intervention working toward restoring ecological balance. McCormick’s work is watershed sculpture, primarily basket forms of woven willow. His sculptures are made from materials found in the watershed. The sculptures are placed strategically to stabilize stream banks or fit into the curves of the streams and gullies where they fill with leaves and twigs, collecting sediment that would otherwise suffocate the salmon and steelhead eggs in their spawning areas. The exhibition has process sketches, site plans, models, construction drawings, as well as large sculptures. McCormick works mostly in Marin, with students, the National Park Service, and the County. The sculptures gradually disintegrate, returning to the earth. McCormick’s Eco-Art is a collaboration with the community on public lands.