- Location: Temporary Installation at Art Park Niagara River, Lewiston, NY (1990)
- Materials: Nine underground sculptures, ten viewing stands: monoculars, steel, domestic objects, brass, light and literary quotations
- Budget: $12,000
- Artist: Mags Harries
Art Park and the nearby Love Canal are sited on a former chemical dump. The Runes is a public art sculpture & theatrical perspective of the Niagara River dealing with filtration and purity of water. The ten sculptures are first experienced at a distance through the standard viewing stands. At each stand there is a literary quotation that expands the sculpture. This sculpture draws attention to the fishermen on the Niagara River who cannot eat the fish of the river, as the mercury levels are too high. The quote on the viewer is “Don’t blame the fish,” -anonymous.
The viewing stations are positioned within site of each other so that the Art Park visitors can discover the Runes as they meander through the park. This viewer focuses attention directly onto the Niagara River and the importance of the Great Lakes in the local and global ecology with the quote: “One fifth of the world’s fresh water comes through the Great Lakes”- Ashworth.