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Un-vanishing a lake
Ledia Carroll

From January 10, 2005 to October 22, 2006, or thereabouts, Ledia Carroll retraced the ghostly outline of a vanished freshwater lake in San Francisco as part of her Mission Lake Project.

Ledia Carroll

From a press release, to be read in the past tense, unfortunately: “On October 22, 2006, Ledia Carroll will use a field line chalker to recreate the full perimeter of Lago Dolores, a former freshwater lake that stretched from what is now South Van Ness to Guerrero and 15th to 20th Streets. Drawing the line in reference to maps from the 1800s, Carroll’s chalkline allows the still visible ancient depression of the lake to become apparent to the eye. In conjunction with the re-created lake shoreline, Ledia Carroll presents a 'lakeside' barbeque and perimeter 'alleycat' bike race.”

Ledia Carroll

There were also guided tours later in the year to some of San Francisco’s hidden underground waterways. And if someone could let us know where we might find more info on these hidden waterways online, that'd be fantastic.

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  • Mario Ballesteros
  • June 26, 2007 at 4:14:00 AM CDT
  • a similar project was part of an art intervention in mexico city a few years back, tracing the now-tubed or filled-in creeks and canals that flowed through the city. similar curvy lines were painted around expressways and metrolines, like the "rio churubusco" expressway, where only the word remains as a hint of the water that was.



  • Anonymous
  • June 26, 2007 at 5:29:00 AM CDT
  • There's a blue trail in Fremantle marking the location of the original shoreline. The best reference I can find on the web is - Old Foreshore in Heritage Trails on the second page.

  • maxwell
  • August 7, 2007 at 4:00:00 PM CDT
  • didn't francis alys do something very similar with regards to the border of old Palestine?

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