Web We Wove, 2015

site-based sculpture
Achenbach Canyon, Las Cruces, NM

Web We Wove was a temporary sculpture created by Faith Purvey and Shaunna Foster in the Organ Mountain’s Achenbach Canyon. Hikers who make the journey to the canyon traverse ever-changing landscape, following switchbacks along a ridge where rocks unfold into vast meadows. Like hands parting, the landscape generously reveals its hidden places to those who invest in getting there.

Those who visited the area during a two week period in November 2015 may have encountered Web We Wove. At Talovera, near the boundary of a military zone where one can see the other side of the range, this spot features a rain-fed cattle tank and natural watering area. Using 20 ft lengths of Kevlar, lashed together with burlap twine Faith and Shaunna wove a web. It was anchored to an old cement wall using existing hardware and held water-like droplets of shiny styrofoam.

Visible from a distance, up close, or below, the web invited hikers to consider the ancient creatures who have always lived here. As a response to the place, Web We Wove exaggerated and expressed something about the site that is essential, timeless but sometimes forgotten.

Special thanks to Lauren Goldstein and Eric Shack.

Web We Wove was part of the project Organ Monument Oratory. For more information, visit the project website.