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Remediate/Re-vision: Public Artists Engaging the Environment

August 3, 2010

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Sunday saw the opening of Remediate/Re-vision, a show of ecological art at the Wave Hill garden and cultural center in idyllic Riverdale. The exhibition features works in public spaces that raise awareness about environmental fragility. Many of the exhibited artists collaborated with engineers and biologists to create projects that actually effect change within the immediate environment itself. This notion of art with utility, art that is functional, is becoming a key component in the ever-growing green art movement. Featured below are three works from the exhibition.

Jackie Brookner created Veden Taika for a pond near a water treatment plant in Finland. The piece consists of three floating islands, two of which contain vegetation that removes pollutants and sediments from the water. The other provides a nesting site for birds.

In the foreground of the photo is one of the vegetation islands.

Jackie Brookner Veden Taika.jpg


Eve Mosher’s Seeding the City is a public art project that relies heavily on social networking. Participants place small, square gardens and Seeding the City flags on the roofs of various buildings, as well as post signs on the streets below to indicate the growing network of green spaces in New York City.

Below, a girl holds one of Mosher’s “green roof modules.”

Eve Mosher Seeding the City.jpg


Patricia Johanson worked with a group of engineers to create the Petaluma Wetlands Park as part of a water recycling facility in Petaluma, California. Her biggest contribution consisted of four elevated ponds totaling thirty acres that form the shape of a species of endangered mouse found in the area.

The artist’s drawings for the park.

Patricia Johanson Drawing Ellis Creek-1.jpg

The completed project today.

Patricia Johanson Ellis Creek Water Recycling Facility.jpg

Remediate/Re-vision runs until November 28. More information can be found at Wave Hill’s website.

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