In my previous entry about Mather Point, I was ambivalent about some of the features of the upgrade: the wide, black asphalt, straight, walk-ways in particular. Today, Mrill Ingram showed me some photos of a project that shared some of the goals, but is a step up in environmental consciousness. It is called WaterWash. Designed by Lillian Ball (she has a website), it is a recycling feature nurturing a wetland with a green infrastructure. I offer a few photos to compare with those of the Park Service's project at Mather.
A walk-way, narrower, not so straight:
Here it winds along a slope:
Some close-ups; the surface is permeable to water, made of recycled glass; a bit more restful to the eyes:
And a water feature, aiming at restoring a wetland.
Revegetation is easier in New York, but even at Mather, the interface of land, path, and greenery could be greater.
There are a lot of ideas and experiments and projects to do with restoration and human-scale green infrastructure. This paraticular example emphasizes how Mather went away from that toward the geometic, the grandiose.