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07 - Wateredges, art and nature in Dallas, Texas, USA Print
Project name
Wateredges, art and nature
To control bank erosion, to create microhabitats, to improve water quality and becoming an area for visiting and observing plant and animal life a special concrete sculpture has been designed by Patriacia Johanson
  Wateredges, art and nature - a view of the sculptures
Start of the project
Realized in 1981
End of the project
Still existing
Contact person
Patricia Johanson, environmental artist
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Short project description/ project function
Fair Park Lagoon in Dallas (Texas, USA) needed restoration as it had eroding shorelines and the water was eutrophic due to washing of fertilizers from the lawns which surrounds the lagoon. Patricia Johanson designed a concrete sculpture at the wateredge as a functioning ecosystem for plants and animals as well as controlling the erosion.
She chose the leaves of native plants, Saggitaria platyphylla and Pteris multifida, as form for the sculptures, on which people can walk, enjoy themselves and study wildlife.
Summary of experiences
The lagoon with eroding banks and bad water quality has been developed into a healthy environment for plants, birds, fishes, ducks and turtles. The water quality has improved and erosion has stopped.
Project benefits
The area has become a living environment important for wildlife but also for humans who can easily observe the plants and animals from the concrete leaves on which people are allowed to walk.
Project level
Mature technology
Financial scale
Construction costs: unknown
Maintenance costs: unknown
Environmental conditions
Fair Park Lagoon is situated in Dallas, Texas in the warm temperate/subtropical climate with permanently humid hot summers.
50 m
Description of special local conditions
Why this is ecological engineering
Here a sculpture has been created which gives possibilities for the development of microhabitats, forming part of a larger ecosystem, playing a role in the cleaning of the waterbody, catching the fertilized water washing from the lawns, has stopped bank erosion, is aesthetically nice and can be used by people in order to observe plants and animals.
Last Updated ( Tuesday, 18 December 2007 )
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