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WATERMARK

a temporary public sound installation

13,  3” x 3” x 2” boxes

sound chip, metal, plexiglas

 

Thirteen interactive audio boxes marked a trail along the former shoreline of Portland’s Back Cove, a tidal marsh.  This former boundary between water and land was derived from the earliest reliable maps of the area, dating back to 1806.  By pushing a small red button, viewers activated a twenty second sound recording of what would have been heard of indigenous wild life at the historic water’s edge.  This trail led through tree-lined neighborhoods, barren warehouse districts, a subsidized low-income community, and passed near several city parks, all built on landfill over the past fifty years.

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