a collaboration between composer Cheryl E.
Leonard and visual artist Rebecca
Haseltine comprised of installations and musical compositions
based on aspects of tidal flows in estuaries. Topics explored in
the work include: water patterns and cycles, the dynamic equilibrium
of environments in flux, and how life adapts to these changing conditions.
Salt, water, shells, mud, sand, rocks, kelp and more are played
as musical instruments and many of these same materials are used
in creating the visual art components of the project. Several of
the Tides: Estuary works were commissioned by The
Illuminated Corridor and were presented in the spring
of 2009 at Middle
Harbor Shoreline Park in Oakland, California.
its natural state, Oaklands waterfront was comprised of hundreds
of acres of salt marshes and shallow tidelands, which supported
a rich and complex ecosystem. Dredging and fill for military, port,
and commercial uses have greatly reduced the habitat in size and
quality. By 1935, fill had extended some areas of the Oakland shoreline
nearly two miles into the bay! Middle Harbor is located on some
of these former tidal wetlands. The site was developed into the
Oakland Naval Supply Depot, an important supply center for the U.S.
Navy's Pacific Fleet from World War II until 1998. The Port of Oakland
took over the site in 1998 to restore its natural habitat and to
create a public park, with an interest in promoting local history
Special thanks to everyone who donated to the Illuminated
Corridor Commissioning Fund to help make this work possible.