“Lewis Cole "Buster" Simpson (born March 29, 1942 in Saginaw, Michigan) is an American sculptor and environmental artist based in Seattle, Washington.
Simpson has intervened mostly in urban settings, but he grew up dead-intimate with rural land, water, and trees. His environmentalism predates Silent Spring, Rachel Carson's movement-popularizing 1962 best-seller, published when he was 20; it resonated deeply with him when he read it.
Beginning in the early 1970s, when Buster Simpson camped out in buildings about to be demolished in downtown Seattle and made art out of the readily available materials in his rapidly changing ecological and economic environment, he created installations following his principle of "poetic utility" in cities around the world. A pioneer of urban eco art, he typically worked directly in the landscape rather than in museums and galleries. He has more than 40 permanently sited commissions to his credit in cities across the U.S. and Canada, and projects continually underway. “