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Unmanned Minerals: It Calls from the Creek

It Calls from the Creek is site-specific installation created by Unmanned Minerals (Gabie Strong, Matthew Hebert, Jared Stanley). It was located along the Deer Creek Tribute Trail which asks the walking viewer to consider forces shaping Deer Creek, the Yuba River watershed, and the Pacific world. The installation features a series of poems written by contemporary poets living along the watershed and its drainage systems. The poems reflect on this network of water and its influence on their everyday lives. The poems are sited in the land using a wayfinding system made of signs, site-markers, and solar-powered electrical audio recordings. The wayfinding system guides the visitor along the Tribute Trail in the form of a walking-poem, connecting her to the greater watershed through poetry and landscape to reinforce a crucial relationship with water.

Deer Creek Tribute Trail follows along many points of historical and natural interest. The artists gravitated towards sites that seemed reflexive of both local circumstances and global forces. The artists were inspired to create this work by the history of Deer Creek, the literary history of Nevada City and its environs, and the geography of the region. They selected numerous points along the trail that represent the importance of human history in this “natural” environment. Gary Snyder writes, “The wild requires that we learn the terrain, nod to all the plants and animals and birds, ford the streams and cross the ridges, and tell a good story when we get back home.” It Calls from the Creek invites the visitor—animal, human and plant—to do just that.

“The challenge of public art,” Lucy Lippard writes in The Lure of the Local, “lies in dealing with other people’s freedom.” And for Unmanned Minerals, public art is a democratic practice, all the more important in a period when democracy is under threat.

The work was installed along the Dear Creek Tribute Trail in Nevada City from September 2013 - September 2014.

Trailhead map gives overview of poetic markers along the trail.
Trailhead map gives overview of poetic markers along the trail.
"It Calls from the Creek" Trailhead
"It Calls from the Creek" Trailhead

Trailhead map directing the hiker through a landscape mediated by language.

Interactive wayfinding sign with audio playback
Interactive wayfinding sign with audio playback
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Narrative signage with poetic quotes
Narrative signage with poetic quotes
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Nevada City marker. Concrete and milled ABS plastic.
Nevada City marker. Concrete and milled ABS plastic.
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Geologic strata marker
Geologic strata marker
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Plant debris marker
Plant debris marker
Competing directives.
Competing directives.
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Interactive playback device 3
Interactive playback device 3
Mobile studio and on site workshop
Mobile studio and on site workshop
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This is how we do it
This is how we do it

Jared drilling into the soil to pour foundation concrete for paver

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fabrication documentation
fabrication documentation

Matthew Hebert's fabrication of the signs, audio playback devices, and paver stones.

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Jared installing the sign posts
Jared installing the sign posts
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Recording the audio
Recording the audio

Jared worked with friends to record his narration of each poem describing the Deer Creek water as it flows from the Sierras to the Pacific.

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Concept designs for signage and pavers
Concept designs for signage and pavers

Gabie's early concept sketches for the project.

Signs, symbols, words
Signs, symbols, words
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Matt's concept designs for audio playback devices and signage
Matt's concept designs for audio playback devices and signage
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Poem quote design for signage - 5
Poem quote design for signage - 5
Poem quote design for signage - 6
Poem quote design for signage - 6
Poem quote design for signage - 1
Poem quote design for signage - 1
Unmanned Minerals Logo
Unmanned Minerals Logo

Graphic representation of our interests are represented in the UM logo. The logo was used to "brand" signage, audio playback devices, and site markers along the trail.

Poem quote design for signage - 2
Poem quote design for signage - 2
Poem quote design for signage - 3
Poem quote design for signage - 3
Poem quote design for signage - 4
Poem quote design for signage - 4
Paver design 1 - plant debris
Paver design 1 - plant debris
Detail of site marker paving stone
Detail of site marker paving stone

Detail image of completed paver. Milled ABS plastic and colored concrete.

Paver design 2 - geological strata
Paver design 2 - geological strata
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Paver design 3 - Nevade City marker stone, granite with gold aggregate surface
Paver design 3 - Nevade City marker stone, granite with gold aggregate surface
 Concrete site marker. These markers referenced Department of Interior site markers, and also summoned darker powers.

Concrete site marker. These markers referenced Department of Interior site markers, and also summoned darker powers.

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Unmanned Minerals: It Calls from the Creek
Trailhead map gives overview of poetic markers along the trail.
"It Calls from the Creek" Trailhead
Interactive wayfinding sign with audio playback
IMG_2652.JPG
IMG_2602.JPG
Narrative signage with poetic quotes
GStrong_IMG_8991.jpg
IMG_2599.JPG
IMG_2597.JPG
Nevada City marker. Concrete and milled ABS plastic.
GStrong_IMG_8832.jpg
GStrong_IMG_8841.jpg
GStrong_IMG_8913.jpg
GStrong_IMG_8839.jpg
Geologic strata marker
IMG_2665.JPG
IMG_2676.JPG
IMG_2677.JPG
IMG_2701.JPG
IMG_2641.JPG
IMG_2638.JPG
IMG_2635.JPG
IMG_2640.JPG
Plant debris marker
Competing directives.
GStrong_IMG_8934.jpg
GStrong_IMG_8935.jpg
IMG_2616.JPG
Interactive playback device 3
Mobile studio and on site workshop
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This is how we do it
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fabrication documentation
Photo Aug 19, 1 00 58 PM.jpg
Photo Aug 21, 4 14 45 PM.jpg
Photo Aug 22, 3 07 38 PM.jpg
Photo Aug 23, 10 54 42 PM.jpg
Photo Aug 23, 11 26 57 PM.jpg
Photo Aug 24, 8 52 36 AM.jpg
Photo Aug 24, 9 32 10 AM.jpg
Photo Aug 25, 3 17 02 PM.jpg
Photo Aug 27, 1 00 13 PM.jpg
Photo Aug 27, 9 33 43 AM.jpg
Photo Aug 27, 9 34 38 AM.jpg
Photo Aug 27, 9 34 46 AM.jpg
Jared installing the sign posts
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photo-37.JPG
Recording the audio
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Concept designs for signage and pavers
Signs, symbols, words
tribute_trail_infosystem_GS_Page_3.png
Matt's concept designs for audio playback devices and signage
ARTonSiteDrawings2.jpg
ARTonSiteDrawings3.jpg
Poem quote design for signage - 5
Poem quote design for signage - 6
Poem quote design for signage - 1
Unmanned Minerals Logo
Poem quote design for signage - 2
Poem quote design for signage - 3
Poem quote design for signage - 4
Paver design 1 - plant debris
Detail of site marker paving stone
Paver design 2 - geological strata
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Paver design 3 - Nevade City marker stone, granite with gold aggregate surface
 Concrete site marker. These markers referenced Department of Interior site markers, and also summoned darker powers.
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Unmanned Minerals: It Calls from the Creek

It Calls from the Creek is site-specific installation created by Unmanned Minerals (Gabie Strong, Matthew Hebert, Jared Stanley). It was located along the Deer Creek Tribute Trail which asks the walking viewer to consider forces shaping Deer Creek, the Yuba River watershed, and the Pacific world. The installation features a series of poems written by contemporary poets living along the watershed and its drainage systems. The poems reflect on this network of water and its influence on their everyday lives. The poems are sited in the land using a wayfinding system made of signs, site-markers, and solar-powered electrical audio recordings. The wayfinding system guides the visitor along the Tribute Trail in the form of a walking-poem, connecting her to the greater watershed through poetry and landscape to reinforce a crucial relationship with water.

Deer Creek Tribute Trail follows along many points of historical and natural interest. The artists gravitated towards sites that seemed reflexive of both local circumstances and global forces. The artists were inspired to create this work by the history of Deer Creek, the literary history of Nevada City and its environs, and the geography of the region. They selected numerous points along the trail that represent the importance of human history in this “natural” environment. Gary Snyder writes, “The wild requires that we learn the terrain, nod to all the plants and animals and birds, ford the streams and cross the ridges, and tell a good story when we get back home.” It Calls from the Creek invites the visitor—animal, human and plant—to do just that.

“The challenge of public art,” Lucy Lippard writes in The Lure of the Local, “lies in dealing with other people’s freedom.” And for Unmanned Minerals, public art is a democratic practice, all the more important in a period when democracy is under threat.

The work was installed along the Dear Creek Tribute Trail in Nevada City from September 2013 - September 2014.

Trailhead map gives overview of poetic markers along the trail.
"It Calls from the Creek" Trailhead

Trailhead map directing the hiker through a landscape mediated by language.

Interactive wayfinding sign with audio playback
Narrative signage with poetic quotes
Nevada City marker. Concrete and milled ABS plastic.
Geologic strata marker
Plant debris marker
Competing directives.
Interactive playback device 3
Mobile studio and on site workshop
This is how we do it

Jared drilling into the soil to pour foundation concrete for paver

fabrication documentation

Matthew Hebert's fabrication of the signs, audio playback devices, and paver stones.

Jared installing the sign posts
Recording the audio

Jared worked with friends to record his narration of each poem describing the Deer Creek water as it flows from the Sierras to the Pacific.

Concept designs for signage and pavers

Gabie's early concept sketches for the project.

Signs, symbols, words
Matt's concept designs for audio playback devices and signage
Poem quote design for signage - 5
Poem quote design for signage - 6
Poem quote design for signage - 1
Unmanned Minerals Logo

Graphic representation of our interests are represented in the UM logo. The logo was used to "brand" signage, audio playback devices, and site markers along the trail.

Poem quote design for signage - 2
Poem quote design for signage - 3
Poem quote design for signage - 4
Paver design 1 - plant debris
Detail of site marker paving stone

Detail image of completed paver. Milled ABS plastic and colored concrete.

Paver design 2 - geological strata
Paver design 3 - Nevade City marker stone, granite with gold aggregate surface

Concrete site marker. These markers referenced Department of Interior site markers, and also summoned darker powers.

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