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Mark Brest van Kempen, \
Mark Brest van Kempen, "15 Cubic Meters", an exhibit showing chunk of land with water glassed off. Glass also displays growth of aquatic plants root and rhisome systems. 2001

Mark Brest van Kempen, \   Mark Brest van Kempen, "15 Cubic Meters", detail showing Steelhead Trout, Threespined Stickleback, California Roach and Western Pond Turtle, 2001
Mark Brest van Kempen, \   Mark Brest van Kempen, "15 Cubic Meters", detail showing water strider. Several insect species were introduced into the exhibit. 2001
Mark Brest van Kempen, \   Mark Brest van Kempen, "15 Cubic Meters", side of exhibit showing sedimentation and vole burrows, 2001
Mark Brest van Kempen

15 Cubic Meters of San Francisquito Creek

This design for a Coastal Stream display for a Palo Alto zoo is a reconstruction, rock for rock, of one specific cross section of the local San Francisquito Creek. Very close attention was paid to replicating the chunk of creek, from rock size, soil composition and native plants, animals and insects to water flow and temperature.

This design also displays the fact that it is an artificially maintained system, a chunk of creek surgically removed and on life support. Pumps, chillers and other paraphernalia usually hidden in such exhibits here are part of the display.

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