In “cleaning” his forest/river backyard in Three Rivers, CA for our party last weekend, my cousin Mike Perez collected stuff that was strewn about. He found a bunch of pickaxe heads. He found a bunch of chop saw wheels. With the pickaxes he made this totemic sculpture. He gave me the used chop saw wheels and invited me to make something.

A totemic installation of old pickaxe heads
Pickaxe, steel & iron oxide, site-specific assemblage, Mike Perez, Three Rivers, CA, 2015
installation of "chop wheels" on the bank of a finger of the south fork of the Kaweah River in Three Rivers, CA
Chop, site specific work, Glenn Zucman, South Fork, Kaweah River, Three Rivers, CA, 2015

Site Specific

It was exciting to have a bunch of circular elements in an environment as rich and inspiring as Mike’s backyard with it’s forest ambiance and finger of the South Fork of the Kaweah River flowing past. I thought about making it an interactive public artwork with the kids. But the logistics of the weekend made that hard. So Saturday morning I wandered to the other bank of the stream and made my small installation, partly in water and partly in dry land.

a collection of Chop Saw Wheels at the bank of a small finger of the East Fork of the Kaweah River
Chop, Site View, site specific work, Glenn Zucman, South Fork, Kaweah River, Three Rivers, CA, 2015


The South Fork of the Kaweah River was low both because it’s late June, and also because of the California Drought. But on Saturday June 20 Mike’s backyard stream still had a gentle flow of clear water. Since then Mike’s texted me photo updates. The stream may not have been roaring a week ago, but already 7 days later it’s totally dry. Just a bit like Spiral Jetty submerging and reappearing, but on a much shorter time-scale. Not many of us have the dynamics of a backyard stream for site-specific installations. But it is an invitation to consider how our spaces evolve or stay the same.

3 images of site-specific installation "Chop" as the South Fork of the Kaweah River dried up last week
Chop, photos of evolving work 3, 5 & 7 days later
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