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Rachel Snyder Memorial Landscape Award

2011 Recipient

Betsy Knabe Roe

"Revival"/"Etain"

Bird Runner Ranch in Geary County

2011 Landscape Award
Betsy Roe

Timeline

  • 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.
planters
Planting seeds at Betsy Knabe Roe's "Revival"
planting
Participants lie down on the ground, while Betsy outlines their figures with native wildflower seeds
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Coreopsis has appeared where the bodies were!