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Terra Fugit

 

 

Harries/Héder

"Terra Fugit"

2006

Miramar Regional Park, Miramar

 

Description 

Earth Bowl

A 100' diameter, gently bowl-shaped lawn is tilted so that it is about 12' higher in the back than in the front.  The back and sides are supported by a rip-rap of large coral boulders that have been excavated from the park site. 
 

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Detail of Earth Bowl, bowl shaped lawn.Detail of Earth Bowl, bowl shaped lawn.Detail of Earth Bowl, bowl shaped lawn.
 
 

Boulder Seats
There are four groupings of large coral boulders placed on the grass which have been carved into seats.  The boulders are particularly rich with coral fossils and the cuts reveal the shapes and structures of the fossils.  In order to limit discoloration and fungal growth the boulder seating groups and the 4 cut seats around the Earth Bowl were coated with sealer.

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Boulder Seats, rock formations to sit upon.Boulder Seats, rock formations to sit upon.Boulder Seats, rock formations to sit upon.

 

The Floating Gazebo
The Floating Gazebo is a structure connected to the land and the path near the Earth Bowl and floats upon the water.  The Gazebo is anchored to 2 concrete piers and also features a floatation ring.  The floor is made of aluminum grill which creates a transparency and feeling of floating above the water. 

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Floating Gazebo, structure floating on water.Floating Gazebo, structure floating on water.Floating Gazebo, structure floating on water.Floating Gazebo, structure floating on water.

 

The Time Path with Fossil Inserts
The concrete pathway is 5' wide and 530' long and features imprints of grasses and reeds harvested from the site.  There are also artist-created fossil inserts depicting parts of alligators, fish, clams and butterflies.  Text regarding the span of time was then sandblasted into the pathway.

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Time Path with Flossil Inserts.Time Path with Flossil Inserts.Time Path with Flossil Inserts.Time Path with Flossil Inserts.Time Path with Flossil Inserts.

Time Path with Flossil Inserts.

 

The Preserve & Plaques
The 80' diameter circular preserve is a piece of the original site that was maintained un-disturbed throughout the construction process.  Then a moat was dug around the perimeter of the preserve to maintain the wetlands environment.  A collection of 26 plaques featuring the plants, native to the preserve, and their traditional uses is mounted along aluminum railing.

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Detail of A collection of 26 plaques featuring the plants, native to the preserve, and their traditional uses.Detail of A collection of 26 plaques featuring the plants, native to the preserve, and their traditional uses.Detail of A collection of 26 plaques featuring the plants, native to the preserve, and their traditional uses.Detail of A collection of 26 plaques featuring the plants, native to the preserve, and their traditional uses.Detail of A collection of 26 plaques featuring the plants, native to the preserve, and their traditional uses.

Detail of A collection of 26 plaques featuring the plants, native to the preserve, and their traditional uses.Detail of A collection of 26 plaques featuring the plants, native to the preserve, and their traditional uses.Detail of A collection of 26 plaques featuring the plants, native to the preserve, and their traditional uses.Detail of A collection of 26 plaques featuring the plants, native to the preserve, and their traditional uses.Detail of A collection of 26 plaques featuring the plants, native to the preserve, and their traditional uses.

Detail of A collection of 26 plaques featuring the plants, native to the preserve, and their traditional uses.Detail of A collection of 26 plaques featuring the plants, native to the preserve, and their traditional uses.Detail of A collection of 26 plaques featuring the plants, native to the preserve, and their traditional uses.Detail of A collection of 26 plaques featuring the plants, native to the preserve, and their traditional uses.Detail of A collection of 26 plaques featuring the plants, native to the preserve, and their traditional uses.

Detail of A collection of 26 plaques featuring the plants, native to the preserve, and their traditional uses.Detail of A collection of 26 plaques featuring the plants, native to the preserve, and their traditional uses.Detail of A collection of 26 plaques featuring the plants, native to the preserve, and their traditional uses.Detail of A collection of 26 plaques featuring the plants, native to the preserve, and their traditional uses.Detail of A collection of 26 plaques featuring the plants, native to the preserve, and their traditional uses.

Detail of A collection of 26 plaques featuring the plants, native to the preserve, and their traditional uses.Detail of A collection of 26 plaques featuring the plants, native to the preserve, and their traditional uses.Detail of A collection of 26 plaques featuring the plants, native to the preserve, and their traditional uses.Detail of A collection of 26 plaques featuring the plants, native to the preserve, and their traditional uses.Detail of A collection of 26 plaques featuring the plants, native to the preserve, and their traditional uses.

Detail of A collection of 26 plaques featuring the plants, native to the preserve, and their traditional uses.