White Mountains National Forest
Material: Wood, Steel
Species: White Pine
In 2018 I was awarded Artist in Residence for the White Mountain National Forest. Furthermore, it was their 100th Anniversary. This was a big deal for me because I grew up in the Whites, and it was an opportunity to give back to the community.
Before we get into the design process, it's important to note why the National Forest was founded. Unregulated forestry caused wildfires and flooding, which had serious ecological and economic consequences. For a century, they have been practicing conservation, nursing the land back to health, and living up to their motto: "do the greatest good for the greatest number of people".
I made these three proposals to the Forest Service. The concept was to upcycle an old tree that had fallen at Dolly Copp Campground, where the piece would be built. The tree was a massive white pine, about 100 years old, according to the forest rangers. Conceptually, it would represent both the growth of the forest and their organization. We agreed on the spiral form because it is based off the golden ratio, fitting the theme of growth, and eludes to the passage of time and memory.