Tidal Gallery


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

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

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

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

Rebecca Welti
March 2015