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EcoArt - Oakland Campus: Community EcoArt

Designed to assist students in Prof. Commandaros's course, SA 1240 (Sculpture Studio 2)

Community EcoArt


Local EcoArt: CMU's EcoArt Project in Wilkinsburg

Eco Art - Carnegie Mellon University - Full Article

"Carnegie Mellon University's School of Art, the Fruit Tree Planting Foundation (FTPF), Pittsburgh Permaculture and the Second United Presbyterian Church of Wilkinsburg are the four partners on the project, which is located just outside of Pittsburgh in Wilkinsburg, Pa.

Ecological art — or "eco art" — is a contemporary form of environmental art created by artists who are concerned about local and global environmental situations. In the Wilkinsburg project, CMU provides the art form and its partners provide nature's components and volunteer support.

CMU's Bob Bingham, professor and associate head of the School of Art, and Lazae LaSpina, a Wilkinsburg resident and non-traditional CMU art student, created the project, which combines the elements of artistic design and function as they apply to living things.

"These contextual practice projects serve as catalysts to start conversations among people about ways to not only improve the landscape of their neighborhood, but also have a productive fruit and vegetable harvest," Bingham said."

Tales of Time and Space


Folkestone Triennial, Tales of Time and Space, 2008. Heather and Ivan Morrison. Images used with artists' permission.

"We chose a Green Goddess, an old military fire engine, to build our house truck onto (little more rugged and more in the modern Survivalist vein than the New Age American Gypsies perhaps) and filled it with a library of the finest apocalyptic, post-apocalyptic and catastrophe science fiction literature. For the duration of the Triennial the truck will tour around Folkestone; an incongruous addition to the usual street scene; open to visitors to borrow books and to read up on possible futures; a reminder to be prepared."  

~Studio Morison 

Tales of Time and Space was created originally for the UK's Folkestone Triennial back in 2008 and was "inspired by the town's connection with H.G. Wells and was staffed by a local science fiction enthusiast for the run of the exhibition" (Radical Nature, pg 176).