The Boyden Gallery

Remediate/ Re-Vision: Public Artists Engaging the Environment

January 23 - March 2, 2012

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Remediate/Re-vision: Public Artists Engaging the Environment showcases artists’ projects in public spaces where the work serves as a catalyst for environmental action. In settings as diverse as parks, water treatment facilities, waterfronts and city roofs, artists act as instigators, collaborators, activists and designers, raising awareness of such concerns as watershed fragility, industrial and natural history, personal responsibility and ecological balance.

The featured artists are

Mags Harries and Lajos Heder, Terra Fugit, Miramar, Florida: An oasis within a regional park preserves marshland and interprets the area’s geologic and natural history.

Natalie Jeremijenko, No Park, New York City, New York and elsewhere: Locally optimized, often playful strategies effect remediation of urban environmental systems by producing measurable evidence and encouraging effective change.

Patricia Johanson, Ellis Creek Water Recycling Facility, Petaluma, California: A series of ponds restore wetlands and wildlife habitats.

Lorna Jordan, Terraced Cascade, Scottsdale, Arizona: An environmental artwork and theater garden allow harvested water to flow intermittently down the cascade, irrigating a mesquite bosque that offers shade and respite from the desert sun.

Susan Leibovitz Steinman, Suzanne Lacy, and Yutaka Kobayashi, Beneath Land & Water–A Project for Elkhorn City, Kentucky: A new "Blue Line Trail" walking trail includes a native flora/fauna park that absorbs storm water run-off to clean it before it enters the river.

Matthew Mazzotta, Park Spark Project, Cambridge, Massachusetts: An interactive urban intervention transforms dog waste into energy (methane) through a publicly fed methane digester.

George Trakas, Newton Creek Nature Walk, Greenpoint, Brooklyn, New York: Public access to a
long-inaccessible shoreline surrounding Newtown Creek Wastewater Treatment Plant reveals the social and natural history of the site while facilitating its environmental revival and creating much needed park space.

Eve Mosher, Seeding the City, New York City, New York: Green roof modules combine with social networking tools track the growth of these interventions, with online tools that include mapping the project, tracking local urban heat island effect and resources to recreate the project worldwide.

Amara Geffen, In Praise of Land and Water: Revisioning Stormwater on Federal Highways and Revitalizing Shadybrook Park, Meadville, Pennsylvania: Both projects integrate land art and landscape design to address stormwater mitigation and creative placemaking. Geffen also attracts youth engagement to transform sites via the arts.

Jackie Brookner, “Veden Taika,” Salo, Finland:  Three floating islands, built in the local water treatment plant’s lagoon, function as a nesting site for birds and contain plants chosen to remove pollutants and sediments from the water.


Presentation & Reception,  Artists as Environmental Catalysts: in Context and in Community

January 30, 2012 , 4:45 – 6:00 P.M.


Jennifer McGregor, Director of Arts and a public art expert at Wave Hill, NY;

Amara Geffen, professor of art at Allegheny College and director of the College’s Arts & Environment Initiative and the College’s Center for Economic & Environmental Development