Andrew Oesch is the lead artist of the 2021 Rain Harvest Arts Festival. He is an artist and educator who has conjured many thought-filled participatory art projects. His work explores connecting to the habitat he lives in through community engagement, print-making, woodworking, and electronics. He earned his MFA from the interdisciplinary Nomad program at University of Hartford. He looks forward to helping all participants understand how simple interventions can support healthy waters and how their imaginations can help to address rain harvesting at home.
This mural labels water management systems within the park. City roads are impermeable pathways that water runs along, accumulating sediment, debris, pesticides, fertilizers, car oils and any other materials present. The permeable pavers assist in sifting out sediment & debris from the stormwater runoff. The Bioswales are areas with dense plantings which retain rainwater and runoff then slowly soak into the soil naturally removing contaminants. From a human perspective these systems manage unseen elements of nitrogen and phosphorous which contribute to algae growth. The work of this landscape is easy to overlook. When considered from the perspective of water and the various elements that travel with it, these stormwater systems, direct paths of water movement and provide repositories for their cycle between the sky, the ground, and living matter.