The Botanical Fainting Couch
The Botanical Fainting Couch
Botany
Botany
Taxonomy
Taxonomy
Typography
Typography
Attention to Detail
Attention to Detail
Discovery
Discovery
Education
Education
Display indoors...
Display indoors...
in the Garden
in the Garden
The Alphabet Chair
The Alphabet Chair
A puzzle...
A puzzle...
...for all ages
...for all ages
at the Library
at the Library
Process
Process
Fisherman's Memorial Proposal
Fisherman's Memorial Proposal
 The flat codfish at the base would be cut in local granite and installed as pavers, creating a handsome transition between the grass "deck" and the monument.
 The figure faces the sea.  The cod held in the fisherman's grip would stand about 6 feet tall.  Imagine stepping among the fish and looking out to sea.  
 The fisherman awaits an invitation to be cast full size for a suitable public seaside space.
2007 FIDEM Congress Medal
2007 FIDEM Congress Medal
Rebuild/Replenish
Rebuild/Replenish
Configurations
Configurations
fidem_girls.jpg
Husband and Wife
Husband and Wife
Ill-Fated Journey
Ill-Fated Journey
Whaling
Whaling
Shipbuilding
Shipbuilding
Ice Harvesting
Ice Harvesting
Woolens Industry
Woolens Industry
Cranberry Harvesting
Cranberry Harvesting
Pacific Guano Works
Pacific Guano Works
Marine Sciences
Marine Sciences
Strawberry Farming
Strawberry Farming
Old Saltworks
Old Saltworks
Eel Fishing
Eel Fishing
Summer Resort Community
Summer Resort Community
Water Study
Water Study
Portals and Passageways
Portals and Passageways
 A view through the top of Water Study shows the pathway and a visitor.
The Botanical Fainting Couch
The Botanical Fainting CouchThe BFC is a functional bronze bench, measuring roughly 96" l. x 50" d. x 48" h. 
Botany
BotanyEach plant texture on the BFC contrasts with the next.  Touching and engaging with each letter naturally leads to plant recognition.
Taxonomy
TaxonomyJuglans (walnut) and Fucus (a seaweed), two surface textures of the BFC, are identified by their Latin genus.
Typography
TypographyH is for Hosta.  Every letter of the alphabet is represented with a unique typographical style.
Attention to Detail
Attention to DetailZea is the genus for corn. This is one of the easiest textures for children to recognize.
Discovery
DiscoveryChildren gravitate to the BFC, because they see the letters and like to find the whole alphabet.  They look for the letter of their name, which leads to interest in the plant textures.
Education
EducationEducational programming and fun games are easily designed around the BFC.  Such programming can be custom tailored to your setting, with references to local plants and trees.  
Display indoors...
Display indoors...
in the Garden
in the GardenThe BFC can be installed indoors or out.
The Alphabet Chair
The Alphabet ChairThe Alphabet Chair, bronze, by Sarah Peters, is a functional interactive sculpture with a textural alphabet puzzle theme.
A puzzle...
A puzzle...The textures on each letter are objects that begin with that letter.
...for all ages
...for all agesThe letter textures can be tricky to identify, but children are often the first to solve the whole puzzle.  
at the Library
at the LibraryThe Alphabet Chair is very at home in libraries, especially among the children's books.  Countless story times have gathered around The Chair.  It is a common gathering spot for author visits, group photos, and alphabet games.  This Alphabet Chair lives at the Lewisville Public Library, in Lewisville, TX.
Process
ProcessRuthie, the elephant, lies down for Sarah as she makes an impression of her skin with Play Doh.  The E on the Alphabet Chair is for Elephant Skin!
Fisherman's Memorial Proposal
Fisherman's Memorial ProposalThis is a maquette (a small "sketch" sculpture).  The plaster maquette is 18" tall.  The proposal is for a 16 foot tall figure, with 10 foot codfish, both cast in bronze. 
 The flat codfish at the base would be cut in local granite and installed as pavers, creating a handsome transition between the grass "deck" and the monument.
The flat codfish at the base would be cut in local granite and installed as pavers, creating a handsome transition between the grass "deck" and the monument.
 The figure faces the sea.  The cod held in the fisherman's grip would stand about 6 feet tall.  Imagine stepping among the fish and looking out to sea.  
The figure faces the sea.  The cod held in the fisherman's grip would stand about 6 feet tall.  Imagine stepping among the fish and looking out to sea.  
 The fisherman awaits an invitation to be cast full size for a suitable public seaside space.
The fisherman awaits an invitation to be cast full size for a suitable public seaside space.
2007 FIDEM Congress Medal
2007 FIDEM Congress MedalDie struck bronze, 92 x 92mm.
Rebuild/Replenish
Rebuild/ReplenishThe XXX FIDEM Congress theme was "Passages to Reconstruction."  The medal was created in response to the aftermath of hurricane Katrina and the tsunami in Indonesia.
Configurations
ConfigurationsThe individual medals can stand alone, or be linked in many configurations. This activity symbolizes the progress we can make by working together.
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Husband and Wife
Husband and WifeObverse and reverse sides depict a conversation between husband and wife.  In the collection of the British Museum, London, UK.
Ill-Fated Journey
Ill-Fated JourneyObverse and reverse depict the unfortunate fate of two women on a boat.  In the collection of The Royal Coin Cabinet, Stockholm, Sweden.
Whaling
WhalingRead about Falmouth's Whaling industry that sailed out Woods Hole HERE.
Shipbuilding
ShipbuildingRead about the Shipbuilding industry and learn about "live oaking" in Falmouth and Woods Hole HERE. 
Ice Harvesting
Ice HarvestingRead about how ice was harvested and stored for the summer months in the 19th century  HERE.
Woolens Industry
Woolens IndustryRead about Falmouth's Woolen's Industry and very different New England landscape we lived in HERE.
Cranberry Harvesting
Cranberry HarvestingLearn about the traditional and fascinating Cranberry Harvesting process HERE.
Pacific Guano Works
Pacific Guano WorksLearn why 19th century New England sailors journeyed to the pacific islands to collect bird guano HERE.
Marine Sciences
Marine SciencesRead about The origins of the Marine Sciences in Woods Hole HERE.
Strawberry Farming
Strawberry FarmingRead about the Strawberry Farming industry and its uniquely Portuguese origins in Falmouth HERE.
Old Saltworks
Old SaltworksLearn about how salt was harvested in 18th century Falmouth HERE.
Eel Fishing
Eel FishingRead about the Wampanoag tradition of Eel Fishing and how the methods developed over time HERE.
Summer Resort Community
Summer Resort CommunityLearn the unexpected reasons Falmouth became a Summer Resort Community HERE.
Water Study
Water StudyWorking with an existing stone structure, Sarah used hand-dyed silk and white pine saplings to create a hot pink fountain and pool with an integrated tunnel.
Portals and Passageways
Portals and PassagewaysThe installation was nestled in a sunken dell behind Highfield Hall, in Falmouth, MA.
 A view through the top of Water Study shows the pathway and a visitor.
A view through the top of Water Study shows the pathway and a visitor.
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