Cool! I've not heard from Buster for a long time, but think of his
older artworks all the time (a great nest at the Pike Place Market in
Seattle for one - from the 70s.....).
One thing I try with kids is to find what I call "Tracks of the Past"
- some sign of the previous natural habitat. Also, I refuse to call cities,
cities. For example, Seattle is a forest, was a forest, and always will be
a forest. In finding pro-active solutions, it is kind of fun to find the
traces of that natural landscape, then design solutions. One thing I've
done several times with fourth and fifth graders is to go out and find some
landscape they wish to reclaim, photograph, then use layerings of xeroxing
and drawing to come up with a future for that site. Usually, this leads to
some kind of planting, ala THE MAN WHO PLANTED TREES.
>Hey, Hey, Hey!!!
> I am currently focusing on the issue of social restoration. I have
>looked at a work by Buster Simpson called "Host Analog". This piece
>deals with a small scale solution to re-forrestation. He has planted
>seedlings in the core of a rotting tree that was the victim of
>lumbering. Simpson has taken an issue like deforrestation and
>thoughtfully approached it with a pro-active remedy. I am interested in
>how to encourage solutions to community issues in a similar manner.
> If anyone has something that relates either on an envirnmental theme
>or any other theme that could be taught and then implemented in a
>community through a school/ classroom.
> Also, if you have any cool lesson plans that you find exciting I'd
>love to hear from you!