Unique rain harvesting cistern that holds 500-5000 gallons for landscape use.
Inspired by the redwood trees of her native California whose upper canopies catch coastal fog and direct it downwards to maintain under-canopy ecosystems, Allison Newsome constructed her first RainKeep sculptures in 2014. These were installed at Blithwold Mansion, Gardens and Arboretum in Bristol, RIas part of a group exhibit incorporating wind, sun and water. Allison came up with three bold sculptural forms that would catch rain water and now has a patent for RainKeep. She has built site specific variations for the Kennard Park Sculpture Trail in Newton, MA; Mrs. Perry’s Garden at Thomas Park in Bristol and most recently at Time Space Existence, a collateral exhibition of the 2018 Venice Biennale of Architecture hosted by the European Cultural Centre in Venice, Italy. The Nature Conservancy sponsored a RainKeep for the Chelsea, MA community garden through the nonprofit, GreenRoots.
Newsome received an MFA from Rhode Island School of Design and teaches Ceramics at Harvard University. Her work has been featured in exhibitions at RISD Museum, Mobile Museum of Art, Beatrice Wood Museum, Fuller Craft Museum, Newport Art Museum and Federal Museum Ben Franklin Biblioteca in Mexico City. At Boston's Museum of Fine Arts, Allison was an artist-in-residence for the Della Robia architectural sculpture program in 2016.
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