WATERSHED is a trio of short animated videos referencing the terrain, history and delicate ecology of the Tampa Bay watershed, commissioned for Lights On Tampa 2011. Each animation takes place within a strata, or level of a re-imagined watershed. The Watershed triplet comes together to describe a world of atmosphere, light and living beings, traversing the screen. The individual videos each standalone but when seen in succession will contribute to a larger story about the Tampa Bay waterfront.
The FIELD level is filled by a congregation of alligators, the residue of old forts leftover from the historical lonely frontier outpost, and “sticks of fire”. One story of the origin of the name Tampa refers to the term “sticks of fire”, in the language of the Native American tribe Calusa. The many thunderstorms in the region bring multiple lightning strikes, setting afire the abundance of kindling and sticks along the Hillsborough River.
"Lights On Tampa is a biennial program and a public/private partnership that opens the door for visitors and residents alike to experience artistic excellence and emerging technologies in the urban environment. The program's goal is to bring free access to artistic excellence to Tampa’s citizens and visitors through a unique experience. A blend of art and technology, the program features the talents of local, national and international artists commissioned by Tampa’s Public Art Program, the private sector through Friends of Tampa Public Art, a 501 (c) 3 nonprofit organization, and grants from the National Endowment for the Arts."