The Home Land

JingRen Xie

Art and Public Space

December 1st. 2012

Species have their families just like we do

-The Sarah Simonds Green Conservatory Sculpture – Final Wetland Project

Project Description:

In order to draw people’s attention to the importance of the wetlands, we must first strong people’s environmental sense and understandings about the value of nature. The White-winged wood ducks are one of the top 10 endangered species in this year and humans should protect them. By imaging six White winged wood sculptures be placing on the wetland area near the water, the first thing come to our minds should be family because you are not alone with your family members. Visitors can be influenced by feeling that these sculptures give them visually and they will be leading to the understanding of the concept behind these sculptures.

This project is called “The Homeland” because this project is made to draw attention to the importance of our wetland, and the meaningful value behind the wetland is not only about the water restoration, but also its valuable benefit and contribution for the diversity of species in the wetland. Every single one of us has a family, and the animals have their families just like we do. The wetland is the family of species; there are plant species, water species and other animals that count their lives on the resources and living conditions from the wetland.

This project is represented with six stone made White-winged wood ducks. The six ducks will be structured into life sized, showing different body poses, color painted, and they are sculptures made with stone material. As I observed the map of the wetland on the Conservatory wetland website, I suggest we put them near the water areas because the water area is where real ducks like to be and it is also where visitors go to the most. For installation, I am going to contact the Northwest Stone Sculptor business for experience and information and all sculpture carving and painting materials will be purchased from online (e-bay and online).

The six duck sculptures are representing a duck family with the duck mom and duck dad, two duck children and the duck grandparents. They can be placed to show a scene of activity, since the white wing duck is endangered, we can show two ducks are dying; other duck members are tearing and hoping. The most influential and inspiring effects to bring people to understand the concept behind this project cannot just be expressed through words and concepts, but the image of the duck sculptures and their body and facial expressions.

Artist Statement:

During my first time visit to the wetland I knew that the wetland was missing something, but no matter how many relative things that I put on my brainstorm chart. I couldn’t come up with a great idea. Until I read about Dr. Green’s original purpose of creating the Greenhouse- Sarah Simonds Green as named after his mother Sarah Simonds. I came up with the idea about tying up family and the wetland in my heart. Of course, the safest, the sweetest and the warmest place in the world are our home, our family; we need a home and cannot lose it. Then think about how important that a wetland is to animals. Especially, for endangered species, their lives can be ended in any second. Animals have their families too; the world and all these natural resources are not only for humans. Therefore, we must do something to help this issue and that is what most important about saving the homeland that we share with animals.

In the beginning of this course, we have been sharing ideas to each other about each of our own interpretations of what is art and what is its purpose. By learning about different artists and working through hands on art work with new developing knowledge about public art. I was inspired to create a project on my own to show contributions to our campus wetland.

I learned that we should not understate the power behind art, it might be simple and hardly surprising, and however, it can bring us into deep thinking about the world and about ourselves. From my understanding about art and the readings about art through this course, I believe that the importance of art works is not only its beauty, it is also the message, emotion and concept which it brings to from history to present. Therefore, I want the duck sculptures to be carefully carved stone with painted significantly and exaggerate showing facial emotions and body expressions. As my picture attachment shown, the endangered White-winged ducks still exist as a reminder for us to appreciate our wetland, our family and nature. Faithfully, One day I wish the White winged wood duck sculpture family to be moved in to join the other species in the UW Bothell wetland.

Budget Plan:

Estimated Total budget: Shall not exceed $15,000.00
Estimated Total Expense: (3814.38)

Materials and supplies:

6 Sculpture Models Carved stone made duck sculptures
4 Pigment sets Color paint for the sculptures
1 Brush sets Brushes for painting the sculptures
1 Trowel To dig holes on the ground
6 Cylinder base Made of wood underground insert use
6 Large nails To Attach the cylinder bases with the sculpture bases
1 Hammer To make hammer the nails onto the bases of the cylinders and sculpture bases

Materials Purchase

Carved stone made duck sculpture ($600 each piece *6 pieces) $3600.00
Brushes (has 7 different sizes) 37.93
Pigment in total
(CREATEX Airbrush Paint Set 6 pc, $18.29 each set) 91.45
Trowel 20.00
Cylinder base 50
Hammer 15

Total: $3814.38

Construction Details:

The duck sculptures should be placed on the ground, each of them should include a wood made cylinder base that is attached under, so that we can insert the six completed sculptures to the ground to show the duck feet that are on the surface of the wetland ground.

And here are the steps of installation:

  1. Paint the sculptures
  2. Hammer each large nails to each bottom of the duck sculptures, and the bottom of each duck sculptures should already be attached with a flat squared think base as we buy them.
  3. Dig 6 holes on the ground with the trowel and each depth of the holes should be as same as the height of each cylinder bases.
  4. Insert sculptures into ground
  5. Over any showy gaps on the ground surface after sculptures are inserted.


Endangered White winged duck sculptures

The Endangered White Winged Duck family

location in the wetland

location in the wetland

Locations in the wetland of UW Bothell


Three Dimensional- view from top


Three Dimensional- view from side


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