Mel Watkin
OverviewFALLEN: Mast 
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Created for an exhibition at the
Missouri Botanical Garden,
St. Louis, Missouri
April 30 - May 30, 2011

Fallen:Mast is based on the many uprooted trees near my home––Mast is bandaged like a wounded soldier. A few years back my area was hit by what is now called El Derecho—it was a storm that has been described as “an inland hurricane,” a “hurr-nado”, or a “torni-can” with winds reaching 106 miles per hour. It downed over 3,000 trees in the nearby city of Carbondale alone. Because of blocked roads, much of the area was without water, gasoline, or electricity for 10 days. Luckily no one was killed, but damage to homes, businesses, and cars was extensive. In an area known for its lovely rolling hills and dense hardwood forests, the storm caused great loss, visually and emotionally.