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EcoArt - Oakland Campus: Environmental Impact

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

Environmental Impact

EcoArt & Impact on the Environment

Tim Gaudreau’s exhibition at the New England Institute of Art

My Carbon Footprint: 365 days of tracking my CO2 emissions aka Self-Portrait: 365 Days of Considered Consumption, Tim Gaudreau, 2015

Tim Gaudreau’s exhibition at the New England Institute of Art, MA, featured thousands of his photos that documented his CO2 (carbon dioxide) footprint.

Watershed, MSLK Eco-Installation 2009

Watershed, MSLK Eco-Installation 2009

"Watershed, features 1500 disposable water bottles and again highlights only 1 second of US consumption. Mixed throughout both installations are signs with facts about the dangers of this rate of consumption and what the public can do to make a change."

SXSW Eco Conference, Artwork on Display


The SXSW Eco conference creates a space for leaders in various industries who are making a positive social and environmental impact to meet, learn, be inspired and create results.

The Living Water Garden (A 5.9-acre urban park in Chengdu, China). The Wetlands. Betsy Damon, 1998.

The Living Water Garden (A 5.9-acre urban park in Chengdu, China). The Wetlands. Betsy Damon, 1998.

"Betsy Damon is committed to combining art with activism and she feels that her work must have an impact. In the 1970’s she founded an organization called No Limits for Women in the Arts. This national network of women artists, which is still in existence today, embraced the concept that artists and relationships create social and environmental change."

Rachel Simmons - Green Art: Art That Makes a Difference

"Where Does Art End and Environmental Destruction Begin?"

Drawn proposal of Christo's fabric installation over the Arkansas River

In 2010, the news article "Will Christo's art installation harm wildlife or help Colorado?" was released. It reads, "Where does art end and environmental destruction begin? That’s the conundrum that residents in south-central Colorado are facing over a controversial art installation proposal by the famed Bulgarian artist Christo and his late wife that would cloak silver fabric above the Arkansas River spanning a length of 42 miles. Proponents advocate that the project will bring art seekers to cash-strapped rural Colorado, but opponents feel the impact to nature will be disproportionately negative. The project titled “Over the River” has been in the works for nearly two decades (it was originally announced in 1992) and will have its fate determined early next year by the federal Bureau of Land Management or BLM." 

Today, although Christo faces pending litigation, the project website states that he "has temporarily postponed the Over The River installation schedule and will identify the exhibition date when the legal process is successfully resolved. All Over The River  permits and approvals are based on comprehensive analysis that has withstood legal scrutiny every step of the way."

A stone pile

"Stone Piling Causes More Harm Than Just Visible Blight" 

Piling stream rocks is against the rules in natural areas and most parks because it can harm aquatic habitats. 

"According to Brent McDaniel, director of marketing for the Friends of the Great Smoky Mountains National Park, stacking river rocks seriously damages the delicate river ecosystem in that park.

“And it’s not just cairns,” McDaniel said. “The same goes for moving rocks and creating dams to make chutes or pools in a stream. Salamanders like the Eastern hellbender, which can grow up to 2 feet in length, live in spaces and crevices under river rocks. These amazing creatures have been on this planet for 65 million years, but are now listed as near threatened in large part due to habitat loss.”"