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Ghost Nets, 1991-2000
A nine year restoration art project on 2 1/2 acres of formally degraded land on Vinalhaven Island in Maine. Takes its name from the monofilament gill nets used by fishermen. When lost overboard, these invisible indestructable nets drift through the ocean, trapping fish indiscriminately and strip-mining the sea. Rahmani began work in 1991 to restore this site in a fishing village. It is presently a model wetlands restoration system that re-establishes keystone linkage for 70 acres of open land and creates linkage in a Class A Migratory Bird Fly Zone in the middle of the Gulf of Maine, one of the richest fishing grounds in the world. Rahmani set out to make connections between very small, documented decisions and the larger process of moving 16 truckloads of granite debris and collaborating with bioengineers to make a viable ecosystem. Culminating in 1997, Ghost Nets represents a manageable model for coastal landowner stewardship and is a layered realization of transformative art.

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Riparian Zone in Working Habitat: boulders edging the road through the site were set to echo the view of Narrios Island across the Bay. A working habitat blends human use and wilderness. Plantings on the garden side of the rock trajectory were designed to mimic waves crashing against rocks.
Storm Surge Line A: Fresh and salt water meeting each other for the first time in 100 years, granite shale, laid down by Rahmani to indicate highest known zone of salinization from estuarine fresh water habitat.
 Dandelion Storm Surge Line: granite, restored land and dandelion blossoms marking the point of highest tides to monitor plant zonation for scientists, 2 years after restoration.
 Path of Petals: rose petals on uplands portion of restored former town dump, August 2000.
 Restored Salt March