These project are part of the Art on the Trail series of installations started in 2014 at Lake Roland Park, Baltimore.
The first installation, Earth Transfer winter phase, was installed in the winter of 2014/15 and involved marking out 2 12ft diameter circles and digging the earth out from the southern circle (creating a depression or syncline) then transferring the soil to the northern circle (creating a mound or anticline). Stone found further along the trail was placed on the southern circle, while the northern circle was covered with large magnolia leaves.
In the second phase (winter 2015) moss was installed in a 6ft diameter in both circles. The southern depression had stones filled around it while the northern mound had rotting cedar mulch (collected further along the trail) placed around the moss. This installation draws influence from the burial barrows and stone circles found in the British Isles, in addition to the geology and history of the surrounding area especially the disused railway line, production of gunpowder, and serpentine geology. The installation places an emphasis on the physical action of transferring the soil from one location to another.
The second installation for Art on the trail is called Pollinator Hexagon and was installed in the winter of 2016. In this installation a circle of 18ft diameter was defined using colonial wallstone, bluestone found 45ft to the east was used to form the hexagon, this bluestone must have remained from the railway line. The inside hexagon had a cut vine planted and attached to a nearby tree, while the soil contained coal (from the railway line) and was planted with the native plants mountain mint (pycanthemum muticum) and passionflower vine (passiflora incarnata) both sources of food for wasps and bees, thus important pollinator plants. The installation took 3 days to complete with the help Nan McKay, Denis Radford and Salvadore Da Silva.
This installation hopes to challenge the observer into considering how important pollination is to the MD (and American) landscape and agricultural industry. The events of 2016 in MD have seen the State pass the Maryland Pollinator Protection Act which bans homeowners from using pesticides containing neonicotinoids, which has been associated with the decline of bee colonies.