|Looking up at Stacy Levy's "Swale" from the bike path, Thomas Road bridge at Indian Bend Wash|
A grassed swale is a graded and engineered landscape feature appearing as a linear, shallow, open channel with trapezoidal or parabolic shape. The swale is vegetated with flood tolerant, erosion resistant plants. The design of grassed swales promotes the conveyance of storm water at a slower, controlled rate and acts as a filter medium removing pollutants and allowing stormwater infiltration. When properly designed to accommodate a predetermined storm event volume, a grassed swale results in a significant improvement over the traditional drainage ditch in both slowing and cleaning of water.
Up top of our long swale is some new art. It's colorful, swaying forms are topped here and there with seedpod-like shapes.
|From the road. Pickup driver be all like, "What the hell, 14 foot tall weeds growin up here!"|
|Needle and thread in use|
This particular material seemed to be strong and work well with a needle and thread, unlike some earlier, more fragile stuff of previous rain jackets. I considered brushing on some Nikwax sealant after sewing, but yeah again with the pitzips open water is going to get in there anyway, so I didn't do that. Now my standby commuting rain jacket is ready to be stashed back in the bag and left there for six more months until I happen to get caught in another rare commute-time rain shower.
The other reason I sewed up the jacket was the "Swale" art. I rode over there after the weather had returned to the normal sunny and warm, and my inclination was to just forget about the tear in the the underarm. Then I looked up and saw these steel needles sewing up the sky, drinking up sunshine and photosynthesizing it into metal sugar with enamel chlorophyll, and I felt the urge to sew.