Some ideas: there is a project in Seattle that places art and poetry in
city buses. This gets ideas out there in a new way. Getting the faces of
the not so cudly is a struggle I've dealt with a lot in book form. But, I
think it is best to put them in a community perspective (within your
watershed, for example).
>Dear fellow Artsednetters:
>Greetings from the Arizona desert. I have been browsing the Art & Ecology
>Web site for the last few days and am intrigued by the article by
>Elizabeth Garber about the photographs that were done by Susan Middleton
>and David Liittschwager. They have taken photos of probably zillions of
>species that are in danger of becoming extinct, including the cute and
>charismatic North American otter, as well as species that are not so
>cutesy. With the skill of a photographer and the eye of an artist they
>can make even the desert grub worm assume value, personality, uniqueness.
>Why, the viewer may even find herself/himself saying aloud, "See how
>fearfully and wonderfully this grub worm is made!"
>I focus on the desert grub worm, because it is not a creature we see
>unless we go out with spade in hand and work the soil for awhile. But
>every day, contractors, in every part of the city of Tucson, and in other
>cities in Arizona where there is on-going and rapid growth, are leveling
>the ground and preparing it for commercial and residential development.
>Elizabeth Garber notes that change is an ever present theme. Change is
>one part of the ecosystem can mean disruption of the whole system because
>species are locked into symbiotic relationships. That sort of change can
>mean that entire ecsosystems disappear. What about the organic species
>that are literally "erased" when large scale construction takes over? My
>question is: How can photos of the not-so-cute, but endangered desert
>species be used to restore or preserve the ecosystems that construction
>sites are destroying?
>Are there any folks with ideas, thoughts, suggestions, comments, or words
>of wisdom on this issue?
>>From a green Artsednetter,