Reed People, Sculpture

Sculpture of oxidized steel and fused glass disks by community workshop attendees.

Location: Mercy Housing Patio

Linear Feet: 18’ Height: 10’ Depth: 6”

Designed for Mercy Housing by Deanna & Genevieve Marsh, 2021.

Reed People brings a bit of the American River to the patio edge. Upon closer look the three groups of reeds contain abstract human figures of all sizes, arms raised in joy, with fused glass faces full of color. The American River Canyon in so many ways is the symbolic heart of our community today, our mecca of tourism, athleticism, and cooldowns on hot summer days. Taking visitors down to the river is a way many locals extend welcome and share a piece of their hearts. Grasses, herbs, and rushes provided food and material for clothing and baskets in times past.

We create community participation artwork that shapes its impression through direct participation, creating unique, playful, and personal experiences. Residents will make the fused glass disks during the community workshop. Glass is the perfect medium to bring people together to make extraordinary art objects because it’s an uncommon opportunity with the perfect metaphorical foil of getting to know your neighbors. So many things are visible through glass; glass is translucent, transparent, and reflective– also the properties of good conversation! For the workshop, participants will be creating glass collage, so it is accessible for all ages. Base disks of color will be pre-cut. Participants can collect the confetti of glass colors and shapes from a large table of material, then sit down to work out their own composition–layering colors and shapes. Using a light application of white glue, they tack down the collage composition for kiln firing. Some participants will be done in ten minutes, while others may take much longer to arrange their glass array.

The three steel Reed People sculptural groupings can easily be rearranged to accommodate any changes in wall design shape.

Designed in collaboration with Landscape Sculptor, Deanna Marsh.


Genevieve has a great respect for culture, memory, and the role of art and architecture in preserving both... as well as a strong grasp of the historical and ethical dimensions of architecture. Genevieve is an original, she will undoubtedly have a profound impact on the cultural and international debates in art and architecture.

David Gersten
Director, Arts, Letters and Numbers

She was a fearless, inventive, and determined member of a very strong international cohort of designers. Among her remarkable traits is an infectious enthusiasm and true delight in the often conflicting and onerous process of design, whether it be traditional architectural work, urban design projects, or her more visceral experiential works.

Jim Barnes
AIA Architect

Genevieve immersed herself fully into these projects and was able to analyze them and create unique solutions for them. She’s a self starter, and finds ways to contribute and add value to projects out of her own initiative. She’s extremely professional.

Nadine Schelbert
Creative Director, WET Design

I will always be grateful to Genevieve Marsh for her work on my memoirs. Her design, cover and layout were perfect for me. She took my pictures of my childhood and placed them in such a way that really catches the eye laying them flat on two pages. Genevieve has inspired me and showed me that anything is possible or rather nothing is impossible.

Charlotte Mankin

She plants seeds for ideas that grow our thinking in fresh directions and opens the mind to possibilities that are both practical and new - and in new directions.  What a way to recharge an organization and build a sense that dreams are doable. Her deliverables were delivered in a timely fashion, were executed with precision and exceeded expectations.

Leslie Warren
Chair, Alliance for Environmental Leadership

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