Rachel Snyder Memorial Landscape Award
Betsy Knabe Roe
Bird Runner Ranch in Geary County
- Dec. 2009: Betsy Roe is commissioned to create a memorial for Jan Garton (savior of Cheyenne Bottoms).
- March 2010: Jan Garton's ashes are scattered on the prairie edge at Bird Runner Wildlife Refuge.
- Jan. 2010-August 2010: Roe clears invasive dogwood from native prairie areas and weaves the trunks and branches into 27 sculptures on an already-disturbed prairie-restoration site at the Refuge. The figures form a spiral that leads people deep into the installation. Visitors place native grass and wildflower seeds on the sculptures (in packets made of Baptisia pods held together with Louisiana sagewort): Thus, as the sculptures biodegrade, the seeds become part of the restoration of the site. The installation is named "Revival."
- March 2011: Roe creates "Etain," a ceremony within "Revival." Participants lie down on the ground, while Betsy outlines their figures with native wildflower seeds mixed with white sand.
- June 2011: Coreopsis has appears where the bodies were! Art honors restoration and merges with it.