'The Maryland Mammal Menagerie' in Towson, Maryland

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In the bustling Baltimore-Washington area, nature possesses a seemingly magic quality, rendering it hyper-real. The paradox is that nature, though natural, feels unnatural. Seen as rare and mysterious, wild animals often take on a mythological quality in the minds of urban and suburban dwellers. What they may not realize is that wildlife is everywhere.

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'The Maryland Mammal Menagerie,' an installation for the Art On The Trail initiative at Lake Roland Park in Towson, Maryland, portrays three species native to the Baltimore area: the white-tailed deer, the red fox, and the gray squirrel. Each silhouette is covered in locally sourced ground littering to give park visitors a sense of Maryland's natural textures.

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In 2015, my proposal for "The Maryland Mammal Menagerie" was one of six chosen for Art On The Trail. The installation will be on display until it gradually returns to the earth.

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