The Water Strider of "Effigy Tumuli" - Buffalo Rock Illinois State Park
Posted by: cldisme
N 41° 19.597 W 088° 54.864
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Quick Description: As part of a land reclaimation project of an abandoned strip mine, "Effigy Tumuli" Earth Art includes a Water Strider
Location: Illinois, United States
Date Posted: 5/26/2008 7:11:56 AM
Waymark Code: WM3WFG
"Effigy Tumuli" includes earthen sculptures of a snake, turtle, catfish, frog and a water strider built in the same style as the burial mounds found throughout Illinois.
They were constructed from 1983-1985 by artist Michael Heizer as a land reclaimation project of an abandoned strip which has since been included into Buffalo Rock State Park.
The Water Strider is 685 feet long, and like the other sculptures, visitors are invited to climb upon them along a designated trail - bearing in mind the terrain is steep and could be unstable.
The coordinates are for the interpretive sign for the Water Strider. I've attempted to color code the segments of the Water Strider as seen from ground level. The only way to see the sculpture in its entirity is from the air
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