Spiral Wetland by Stacy Levy
April 2013, Lake Fayetteville

Spiral Wetland from dam

From the artist's website

"I wanted to let everyone know that as of 4:00PM Tuesday afternoon, October 21, the Artosphere project from Spring of 2013, Spiral Wetland, created by Stacy Levy 18 months ago at Lake Fayetteville, has been dismantled, deconstructed, disassembled, and REPURPOSED. Two of Walton Arts Center's fine Facilities staff, Mike Herbert and Justin Nimmo and I spent two days working to uninstall the wetland. Nearly all the materials were removed from the lake and I am pleased to report that I was able to find a home for the plants and much of the material used for the project.
The organization which has taken most of the material assets from the Spiral (plants and floating mats) is The Watershed Conservation Resource Center. WCRC is an organization is which provides technical and planning services for the protection, conservation, and restoration of watershed resources for the well being of communities and society.
The principals of the Watershed Conservation Resource Center are Sandi J. Formica, Executive Director, and Matthew A. Van Eps, P.E., Associate Director. Together, they have over 32 years of progressive environmental experience. The juncus plants they have taken will be used in various application to prevent river bank erosion and other riparian enhancements.
I should also mention that Toryn Jones, a U of A student in Environmental Science, used the Sprial Wetland as part of his thesis. Toryn measured the growth and nutrient uptake of the wetland plants to test the limitations imposed on the plants by algae. Periodic plant samples were taken from the Spiral to be dried, shredded and examined to test phosphorus, carbon, and nitrogen levels, as well as measured for total dry mass (for growth). Results from this research should be available soon.
I would like to express my sincere gratitude to Walton Arts Center and Artosphere, Stacy Levy, all of the volunteers, staff, Fayetteville Parks and Recreation, Dolly at Lake Fayetteville, Crafton Tull, Lake Fayetteville Watershed Partnership, my cave diving friend, Mike Young and everyone involved with the Spiral. "

"In my work, I mesh the clarity of diagrams, the beauty of natural forms and the visceral sense of the site. My art creates a comprehensible visual metaphor for an otherwise invisible natural process." – Stacy Levy


Spiral Wetland is an outdoor eco-art project inspired by Robert Smithson’s famous outdoor sculpture Spiral Jetty.This early earthwork, created in 1970, is a spiral of black basalt rocks and earth trucked out into the shallow Great Salt Lake in Utah.

Spiral Wetland expands on the concept of the spiral in nature, creating an artwork with a specific ecological goal: to improve the water quality of Lake Fayetteville.   Stacy Levy, whose artwork was a part of Artosphere’s inaugural visual arts exhibition, Beyond Sublime/Changing Nature, with the help of project manager Robert Ginsburg and a team of dedicated volunteers, created a 129 foot long spiral floating wetland stretches from the shoreline into the lake.  Instead of rocks and earth— Spiral Wetland is composed of native plants (Juncus Effuses) growing in the floating wetlands. These plants help to take excess nutrients from the lake water and add shade for fish habitat.  At the end of the installation, the plants will be adopted and replanted in other wetlands.

Spiral Wetland is dramatically visible from a number of vantage points along the nature trail around Lake Fayetteville, most notably from the dam and boat dock, and more intimately experienced by kayakers, canoers and fisherman on the water.


Born in 1960, Stacy Levy studied at the Architectural School of London (1981) andYale University(B.A. in Sculpture, 1984). Levy also attended the Skowhegan School of Painting and Sculpture and received an M.F.A. from Tyler School of Art (1991). Her work has been shown nationally and internationally including at Niigata City Water and Land Art Festival, Niigata, Japan; Called to Action, Art Sites, Riverhead, NY; Emily Dickinson Rendered, Wave Hill, Bronx, NY; Seattle Urban Parks, City Space Gallery, Seattle, WA; The Tender Land, Armory Arts Center, Pasadena, CA; The H2O Show, Santa Fe Art Institute, Santa Fe, NM; Ecovention, The Contemporary Arts Center, Cincinnati, OH; Documenta 11, Kassel, Germany; Unnatural Science, Mass MoCA, North Adams, MA; Eco-Revelatory Design, National Building Museum, Washington, DC; and Design Culture Now: DesignTriennial, Cooper Hewitt National Design Museum, New York City.

Levy has won numerous awards including a Pew Fellowship in the Arts (1992), a residency at the Fabric Workshop and Museum, Philadelphia (1999), the Excellence in Estuary Award from the Partnership for the Delaware Estuary Inc. (2002), and a grant from the Mid-Atlantic Arts Foundation (2001). Varied institutions have commissioned her site-specific works including the Yonkers Waterfront Development Commission, Yonkers, NY (2010); Water and Land Art Festival, Niigata, Japan (2009); the Arboretum at Penn State University, University Park, PA (2009); Hudson River Park, Piers 32 (with Mathews Nielson Associates, New York, NY, 2010); Ontario Science Centre, Toronto, Canada (2006); and Seattle Arts Commission, Mineral Springs Park, Seattle, WA (2004).


Artist Website: http://www.stacylevy.com