Left: Installation of Study: Reef/Field (Florida Platform/Project for an Ice Age), colored pencil and collage on maritime maps, 108 in. x 68.5 in., with live palm tree,
Right: Detail, Study: Reef/Field (Florida Platform/Project for an Ice Age), 1998, showing variations for underwater palm/conifer placement.
Study: Reef/Field (Florida Platform/Project for an Ice Age), commissioned for the solo exhibition, The Rising Sea: Images and Constructions from South Florida and Other Selected Works, Museum of Contemporary Art, Lake Worth, Florida, 1998, proposes the planting of groves of cool weather palms and salt tolerant conifers underwater on the Florida Platform: the current Continental Shelf under the Gulf of Mexico extending 200 miles to the west of Florida. The planting becomes a benthic reef/forest (later estuarine or littoral) hibernating in cold storage. Selected sites extend to the edge of the Continental Shelf. Reefs become forests at the time of the next Ice Age as the sea level drops and Florida doubles in size, as it has in previous ages.
Red tints/darker=denser: zones of variable deposition/planting of palm/conifer species (1 tree/10 sq. meters to 1 tree / 10,000 sq. m)