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Ecoarspace provides business owners, government officials, art collectors, public administrators, private organizations, museums, galleries, educators, artists and scientists a full range of services. These services are carried out by artists who implement a participatory structure with the diverse people that make up communities to the way towards a new paradigm of environmental consciousness and sensitivity.
Local EcoArt: CMU's EcoArt Project in Wilkinsburg
"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."
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).
Radical Nature by
Find out more about Heather and Ivan Morrison's work in this book, as well as about other artists creating ecoart. Radical Nature is a major exhibition bringing together artists across different generations who have created utopian works and inspiring solutions for our ever-changing planet. The beauty and wonder of nature have provided inspiration for artists and architects for centuries. Since the 1960s, the increasingly evident degradation of the natural world and the effects of climate change have brought a new urgency to their responses. The exhibition and this accompanying book draw on ideas that have emerged out of Land Art, environmental activism, experimental architecture and utopianism.
Common Threads: Weaving Community Through collaborative Eco-Art by
Sharon Kallis provides a wealth of ideas for:
*Working with unwanted natural materials, with an emphasis on green waste and invasive species.
*Visualizing projects that celebrate the human element while crafting works of art or environmental remediation.
*Creating opportunities for individuals to connect with nature in a unique, meditative, yet community-oriented way.
The Lure of the Local by
As society becomes more mobile and disjointed, regional differences and local character disappear. Americans are losing their sense of place and their connections to the local. This book shows how artists can create new understandings about land, history, culture and place.
Environmental Aesthetics by
This book contains a great chapter titled "Environmental Art and Ecological Citizenship" in which Jason Simmus argues "that participation in the creation, appreciation, and criticism of environmental art can count as a form of ecological citizenship when these practices provoke public deliberation about environmental and other community-regarding values." Available as an e-book through our library.
Sex, Economy, Freedom and Community by
In this new collection of essays, Wendell Berry continues his work as one of America's most necessary social commentators. With wisdom and clear, ringing prose, he tackles head-on some of the most difficult problems which face us as we near the end of the twentieth century.