Fuller Center for Productive Landscapes

University of Oregon – Department of Landscape Architecture

Justin Kau [3 NEWTS : 180 MINUTES]

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Notophthalmus viridescens | Eastern Newt

Eastern Newts are unique among salamanders. They spend an entire life stage (the Red Eft) on a journey from water to water which lasts from
three to five years. This life stage is marked by vibrant orange coloration.

Due to the reclusive nature of these salamanders and their small size they are typically very well hidden in the forest. During rain events the forest
suddenly comes alive with multitudes of bright orange little Efts. This project attempts to capture a brief glimpse into the lives of three Efts by
tracing their paths in the forest and subsequently giving them permanence with stone.

This project is intended to cause you to stop and ponder the mysterious unseen around us.

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