Tidal Chamber

30 years of living just above the intertidal zone has brought diverse marine inhabitants into my intimate society. Intrigued with their complex natural history and elegant sculptural forms, I magnified a group of them to an engaging and relatable human scale.

Each oversized barnacle fills the palm of the hand, giant mussels suggest large shoes and gooseneck barnacles resemble human heads. Horseshoe crabs bring motion and mystery in their primeval scuttle across the sea floor.

I have placed them in a community where they evoke a sense of the reassuring presence I felt when living among their numbers.

Carved from alder trees, I have assembled an earthly grove, which brings the forest fellowship to the solidarity of the sea.


Rebecca Welti

March 2015