U S patent U S No. D872640
Inspired by biomimicry, ‘RainKeeps’ are sculptures that harvest rainwater for urban farming and landscape use. The RainKeep acts as a 'Place Maker', much like a village's public well creates a gathering place. Rainkeep collects rainwater and dew throughout the summer. The patented RainKeep uses an upper canopy with leaf shapes and rain chains that direct water into a vessel with a holding capacity for 150-1,500 gallons of rainwater.
Bioneer Conference 2019
'Pearl', San Rafael Ca. Sponsored by Global Athena Advisors at the 2019 Bioneer Conference. Collaboration with the lab of Anne Meyers Rochester, University, with their ground breaking man made nacre ' Mother of Pearl' a future organically grown protective covering for metals to replace toxic two part epoxy paints.
Drawings by Native American , Deborah Spears Moorehead. 'Origins Story'. New rain chain design for the City of Providence.
President of RainKeep, Allison Newsome, with Native American Deborah Spears Moorehead , creator of amazing drawings that tell the Wampanoag 'Origins Story'. The drawings will be made into repousse aluminum imagery incorporated into the rain chains for a new RainKeep commissioned by the city of Providence RI. 'Bee Violet'.
RainKeep commission June 2020 City of Providence RI
Visitors will be invited to use rainwater from The rainKeep 'Bee Violet' to water a traditional Native American 'Three Sisters Garden', a method of inter-planting squash beans and corn. 'Bee Violet' derives its name derives from how bees use ultraviolet light to navigate while flying on an overcast day. They can see see unique patterns on flowers using ultra violet light.
Review Chitra Dwarka Biomimicry professional
RainKeep 'Whorl' Bristol RI
WATER CONSERVATION / STOP USING TOWN WATER FOR LANDSCAPE USE
August 15-18 featured at Boston GreenFest Tech Expo in 'Smart City Pavilion', Boston Greenway ,https://www.bostongreenfest.org/see-the-innovators
BIONEERS CONFERENCE 2019 https://conference.bioneers.org/artists/ 18-20 MARIN CENTER , SAN RAFAEL CA. SEEDING THE FIELD GROWING TRANSFORMATIVE SOLUTIONS
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 now has a utility and design patent for RainKeep. The Nature Conservancy sponsored a RainKeep to be installed in the Chelsea, MA community garden working with GreenRoots as well as at the town entrance of Bristol RI in Thomas Park, 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.
Newsome received an MFA from Rhode Island School of Design and teaches with Harvard University OFA. Her work has been featured at the Boston MFA, 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 Robbia exhibition https://www.mfa.org/programs/gallery-activities-and-tours/artist-talk-on-della-robbia-with-allison-newsome
LEED WE 1.1 – WE 1.2
LEED WE 1.1 WE1.2 : A greener way to urban agriculture and landscape water use. How RainKeep, a passive rain harvesting system, contributes to LEED. Not only does our rain harvesting sculpture create a "Place Maker" and contribute to the beauty and functionality of a space, it also contributes to LEED certification. As one component among a list of LEED certification requirements, RainKeep is a patented utility that adds to project eligibility for several LEED credits including, LEED WE 1.1- water efficient landscaping reduce by 50% and LEED WE 1.2 - no potable use or irrigation. Other credits include recycled content, zero emitting materials and innovation in design. Developed by the United States Green Building Council (USGBC), the LEED Rating System is the definitive standard for green building, providing guidelines for designing and building environmentally responsible structures. And while no single product can be considered LEED certified, our RainKeep utility is additive to the pursuit of LEED certification for your project.
Where utility and sculpture come together 'Vera da Pozzo' Venice , Italy, Giardini Marinaressa
Rain Harvesting Sculpture
New rain chain designs inspired by rubber tree leaves, made into repousse aluminum 'The Elements / Water, Wind, Fire ,Earth', launched at Newport Garden Show June 2020
RainKeep / rain harvesting utility sculpture with 500-1,500 gallon capacity for urban farming and landscape use
We handle all your transportation and shipping needs. RainKeep team will consult and or install your RainKeep Nationally and Internationally
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Price options determined with consultation
We meet with you to evaluate the site, identify priorities and where to spend your budget. We ensure our designs are simple, seamless and created in a timely manner. We recommend material choices , stainless vs aluminum , colorful powder coated components or the natural beauty of metal hard finished brushed, or patinated. We personalize the tank /vessel and rain chain designs to make the work site specific and a personal vision for the community that will be using it. Whenever you work with the RainKeep team, you can trust that you’re in great hands.
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Testimonial for RainKeep
Bristol Garden Club
The Bristol Garden Club was delighted by the innovative and attractive functional sculpture created for us by Allison Newsome. Allison was wonderful to work with. She was always positive and enthusiastic, extremely conscientious, and very flexible.
Our project, dubbed the Rainkeep, solves an ongoing problem of supplying sufficient water for one of the town’s public gardens which the garden club maintains. The sculpture is impressively effective in collecting rain, strong and durable, and very easy to use and maintain. At the same time, the Rainkeep fascinates and enchants viewers. We have found that visitors are enticed into the garden to experience and enjoy the sculpture at close range. Once there, nearby signage educates them about the history of the site and its story of environmental resiliency. The creation and operation of the Rainkeep is described as well as its role in conserving water.
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