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responses to A&E issues

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Lynn Hull (ecoartHulll)
Wed, 15 Oct 1997 19:20:30 -0400

Since I'm new to e-mail protocol, it is ok to reply to numerous people,
questions, issues in one message? If not, let me know and next time I'll
split them up.
To desert grubworm: I feel the idea is that artists can help
people make deep emotional, aesthetic, and even spiritual connections with
nature which will engender their taking stewardship of their environmental
heritage. It is harder to get people to make connections between their
daily lifestyle choices and the environmental degradation that may result
(such things as home selection and construction, automotive habits, etc. )
Ann Rosenthal and I created an interactive gallery artwork, "Consume--The
Real Price" which invites people to examine this issue.
Arcosanti questions tie in well to the lifestyle choices listed
above--it serves as a highly aesthetic model for a way of living more
Topiary Garden: I visited it for a picnic, and I'm not homeless
yet. It does confuse me as to its intent--very traditional in image and
"control of nature" attitude, but "ecological" by being a living sculpture.
OSU issues: for envrionmental design, look in the Landscape
architecture journals and at such books as Ian McHarg's DESIGN WITH
NATURE. David Kahn of CU Boulder is working on infrastructure ideas which
connect us with nature rather than protecting us from it.
Alan Sonfist is interesting in that he seems to present
environmental history rather than social history.
Robert Smithson and Michael Heizer both have reclamation artworks
on damaged landscapes; there is even a website on "reclamation art" (get
back to me if you can't find it).
Schoolyard Habitat: many states have programs for this, often under
their wildlife department. Georgia, for example, has "Schoolyard Wildlife
Habitat Program" under the Georgia Wildlife Federation & has several
publications. My local stormwater utility division has begun using
stormwater retention ponds around town as outdoor classrooms for the
closest elementary schools and have developed curriculum on water cycle,
water issues, wetland habitat, etc. If you really want to help "the animal
kingdom" think in wider terms than just parks and zoos--look at migratory
patterns and identify corridors to connect isolated islands of habitat.
Also examine what lives in surprisingly urban spaces, even schoolyards.
CAMPUS ECOLOGY is a wonderfulnew book on how to conduct a campus
assesment of all aspects of the environment and begin work to improve areas
needing help. Can anyone gibe us the reference for this? (my copy has
Jonathan at Iowa State--welcome, check out work by Mierle Lademan
Ukeles in NYC, Jo Hansen in San Francisco, and the books in the Teacher
Reference of the A&E site.
Best, Lynne Hull