The master plan for the South Bay Harbor Trail reflects a framework of strategies, both general and area specific, to be developed in the areas of way-finding, artwork and community development. The primary theme of the plan evokes the prior states of the land as it transitioned from bay to salt marsh to freshwater marsh to river. A sub-theme of the project recalls the industrial history of the maritime industries that once thrived along the bay and marshes in the 19th century. Using salvaged industrial steel, these artifacts serve as a way-finding strategy as the trail winds through urban neighborhoods to the sea. The theme of the natural history, with industrial inflections, enlivens the experience of the path along its varied conditions.
Michael designed this project in collaboration with France Cormier and Shauna Gilles-Smith.