Bushkill Curtain

By Stacy Levy
Nautical buoys and stainless steel cable, 2011

The outdoor installation Bushkill Curtain by Stacy Levy on the Karl Stirner Arts Trail in Easton, Pennsylvania, features strands of blue balls on strings that hang from a bridge and reach down into the Bushkill Creek.

Bushkill Curtain emphasizes the currents and flow of the water as it runs below the building that spans its banks. The sculpture varies seasonally based on rainfall and flooding or lowering of the water level.

Levy is a sculptor based in rural Pennsylvania who focuses on environmental and ecological issues, primarily those dealing with water and flood plains, including urban watersheds, stormwater, hydrologic patterns, and water treatment. She works with architects, horticulturalists, landscape architects, soil scientists, and engineers to create her art. Her goal is for the urban resident to be aware of the often-hidden natural world that preceded the manmade structures of the city.

Levy completed her formal art studies at Yale University and Tyler School of Art at Temple University. Her work has been commissioned in New York, Seattle, Philadelphia, Tampa, New Jersey, Canada, and Niigata, Japan.

Levy reflects, “People often think that nature ends where the city begins. My projects are designed to allow a site within the built environment to tell its ecological story to the people that inhabit it. As a sculptor, my interest in the natural world rests both in art and science. I use art as a vehicle for translating the patterns and processes of the natural world.”

Learn more about Stacy Levy.