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Discovery Lake Becomes the Canvas for a Spring Watercolor Scene

Discovery Lake Becomes the Canvas for a Spring Watercolor Scene

By Bill Willis

April 18, 2017

Parts of Discovery Lake were transformed into a rare display of natural colors. (Photo courtesy of Bill Willis)
Parts of Discovery Lake were transformed into a rare display of natural colors. (Photo courtesy of Bill Willis)

Spring is a time of transformation, bright colors, and new life, and nowhere is that truer than on campus. Often beautiful scenes are fleeting and not observed. During three weeks in March, a colorful mosaic watercolor painting came together on Discovery Lake. It took weeks of mixing the right earth tones to achieve both texture and color complementation. None of the components were toxic to wildlife or humans, and all aspects of the project were done pro bono public.

Employees walking the lake trail saw this masterpiece come together. Since the design actually floats on the water surface, any rain or birds could fowl up the process. Fortunately, rain didn’t slow the progression. Changing air temperatures and wind direction interacted to display the work of art.

Although the actual work covered a small portion of the lake, it still expressed the forces of Nature. Seldom does such a display achieve this level of expression. This year’s contribution was nothing to sneeze at.

It goes to show that pine pollen can be beautiful.

The small cove at bridge #3 receives an extra thick layer of pollen, providing greater texture to the masterpiece.
The small cove at bridge #3 receives an extra thick layer of pollen, providing greater texture to the masterpiece. (Photo courtesy of Bill Willis)
These small containers hold the pigments that went into the Discovery Lake scene. Penny is included for size.
These small containers hold the pigments that went into the Discovery Lake scene. Penny is included for size. (Photo courtesy of Bill Willis)

The lake shoreline serves as part of a frame to keep the picture from being amorphous.
The lake shoreline serves as part of a frame to keep the picture from being amorphous. (Photo courtesy of Bill Willis)
Shades of yellow and brown are deposited by wind action.
Shades of yellow and brown are deposited by wind action. (Photo courtesy of Bill Willis)
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