EcoScience + Art Fall 2014 event – November 4, 2014
EcoScience+Art is a new initiative and collaboration between the arts and sciences at George Mason University. It is our mission to bring together individuals working across the boundaries of ecosystem science, art, and design fields to share knowledge, expertise, and wisdom for creatively engaging in the common pursuit of a sustainable future. Please join us for our event, a very special evening with internationally acclaimed eco-artist Jackie Brookner.
Brookner will present her work in a program open to the public after a special presentation by Mr. Thomas Faha from Virginia Department of Environmental Quality (DEQ). A special student project, “The Rain Project”, designed for campus stormwater management, will be introduced as well.
Venue: Research Hall 163, George Mason University
Time: 6 pm – 8 pm
Talk by Stacy Levy (featuring Jackie Brookner), “Rain is my client”
About the artists:
Ecological artist Stacy Levy uses the language of landscape and art to tell the ecological story of a site, drawing on both art and science. Her projects reveal the sometime hidden natural world in the urban environment. Stacy’s work seamlessly integrates the beauty of art with site design to create memorable places alive with nature and sensation. Her projects distill the essence of nature and reveal its processes to the user. Stacy works closely with building architects, landscape architects, engineers, horticulturalists and soil scientists to create artworks that allow natural systems like the infiltration of rainwater, to function and thrive. Through a lyrical approach to natural science, Levy blends an understanding of sustainable design and ecological concepts and harnesses the ephemeral changes of weather and light with the lasting presence of sculpture.
From rivers to runoff, Levy has explored the many facets of water: urban watersheds, storm water, hydrologic patterns and water treatment. Her installation “Calendar of Rain” creates a year-long record of precipitation, collected daily in shimmering glass jars. One of her current projects for the City of Yonkers’ waterfront – incorporates the use of LED technology to visually manifest the ebb and flow of the Hudson River tide. Ms. Levy has completed numerous rainwater pieces including a watershed rain terrace for Penn State University’s new Arboretum, and rain garden for Springside School with the Philadelphia Water Department and thePennsylvania Horticultural Society. She has public commissions in New York, Seattle, Philadelphia, Tampa, New Jersey, Canada and Niigata, Japan.
Ecological artist Jackie Brookner collaborates internationally with ecologists, engineers, design professionals, communities, and policy makers on water remediation / public art projects for wetlands, rivers, parks, and stormwater runoff. Her projects in Fargo, ND (in process), Salo, Finland (2009), San Jose, CA (2008), Cincinnati, OH (2009) , West Palm Beach, FL (2005); and near Dresden, Germany (2002) are living water filtration systems that restore habitat, reclaim polluted water and create multifunctional public spaces. Her large-scale participatory remediation art projects are designed to help people reconnect with the places in which they live and to activate collective creative agency as people work together to develop viable strategies where regenerative cultures and ecologies can meet.
Changwoo Ahn, Founder and Director
Mark Cooley, Co-director
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