Shawn Gust

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"Well-known artists David Govedare and Rachel Dolezal collaborated with the natural elements during the month of February 2008 to create an environmentally-friendly outdoor installation at the Cougar Bay Preserve that resonates with Andy Goldsworthy’s nature-installation art. The goal of the exhibit was to not only minimize waste, but also to maintain a zero-waste policy whenever possible. The art was made from natural materials, such as snow, water, twigs, and moss, and was fabricated in a way that returns the work to the earth without leaving an impact on animal or plant life. No tools were used to create the work other than the artists’ bodies (e.g., hands, fingernails, teeth) and naturally- occurring “tools” found at the installation site, such as large sticks, rocks, etc. Captured on film by photographer, Shawn Gust, and set to original music by finger-style guitarist, Charles Miller, this beautiful exhibit speaks directly to water and land issues in our region, pointing to the “rights” of both the environment and humans while emphasizing a spirit of cooperation and collaboration between humankind and the earth."