Sculpture provides beauty and stormwater management

By Diane Palmer

Natural sculptureThe latest nature-based sculpture in the S.C. Botanical Garden helped solve a stormwater management problem while creating a beautiful artistic space using natural materials. 

“The Garden now has 11 remaining nature-based sculptures; but this is the first one created to address a specific need,” said Todd Steadman, assistant director for the Botanical Garden. “We wanted to redirect stormwater while providing a palette for two talented artists.”

The sculpture, titled “East Meets West”, was created by a pair of artists in a cultural exchange funded by the National Endowment for the Arts. 

Aspiring artist Yvette Dede of Charleston collaborated with established artist Niroko Inoue of Nara, Japan. Clemson students helped create the work from bamboo and stones found in the Garden.

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