flowpoints

upper fort mason

This exhibit encourages visitors to become more acute observers and explorers of urban watersheds through noticing subtle variations in topography, hydrology, and botany in a Fort Mason parking lot. Rust stains on the pavement and areas of biological growth create a topographic map of water flow patterns. The lot’s ridges, valleys, and drains combine to create a surprisingly complex and dynamic environment for a variety of organisms. An information pedestal helps visitors interpret links between weather, geography, and life processes.


This project is supported by the National Science Foundation under Grant No. ESI-0104478. Any opinions, findings and conclusions or recommendations expressed in this material are those of the authors and do not necessarily reflect those of the National Science Foundation.