Artpark was pleased to host two presentations about Land Art at DeVeaux Woods State Park
PARKS AS A LIVING LABORATORY: A CONCEPT FOR A 21ST CENTURY PARK
The first presenter, Mary Miss was one of the original visual artists at Artpark in 1976. She now is an international name in public art and urban development. Artpark was pleased to have Mary Miss back to visit and to share her concept: "Parks as a Living Laboratory: a Concept for a 21st Century Park." This concept has evolved into "City as Living Lab (CaLL)" now being used and explored in New York City, Beijing, Delhi and others; a framework for making issues of sustainability tangible through collaboration and the arts.
Mary Miss has reshaped the boundaries between sculpture, architecture, landscape design, and installation art by articulating a vision of the public sphere where it is possible for an artist to address the issues of our time. Trained as a sculptor, Mary Miss' work creates situations emphasizing a site's history, its ecology, or aspects of the environment that have gone unnoticed. This is a remarkable opportunity to welcome Mary come back to Artpark to share and discuss her thoughts with us, some 40 years after she did her first work here.
Miss has collaborated closely with architects, planners, engineers, ecologists, and public administrators on projects as diverse as creating a temporary memorial around the perimeter of Ground Zero, marking the predicted flood level of Boulder, Colorado, revealing the history of the Union Square Subway station in New York City or turning a sewage treatment plant into a public space. Recent projects include an installation focused on water resources in China for the Olympic Park in Beijing and a temporary installation at a seventeenth-century park in Delhi, India as part of the exhibition 49Â°: Public Art and Ecology. A recipient of multiple awards, Mary Miss has been the subject of exhibitions at the Harvard University Art Museum, Brown University Gallery, The Institute of Contemporary Art in London, the Architectural Association in London, Harvard University's Graduate School of Design, and the Des Moines Art Center.
LAND ART GENERATOR INITIATIVE
An international competition for Public Art installations with the added benefit of utility-scale clean energy generation presented by Robert Ferry & Elizabeth Monoian, LAGI Founding Co-Directors
The main goal of the Land Art Generator Initiative (LAGI) is to design and construct public art installations that have the added benefit of utility-scale clean energy generation. Each sculpture will continuously distribute clean energy into the electrical grid, with each having the potential to provide power to thousands of homes.
According to LAGI, Art has the proven ability to create movements and stimulate creative dialogue. The artist community has long taken a critical approach to the problems of energy use and production, which has helped to open the public eye to the severity of the problems facing us. The time is now for artists (and Artpark?) to go further and take an active role in solving the problem through their own work: "solution-based art practice".
Since 2010, LAGI competition have been held in Dubai, Stockholm,and New York at Freshkills Park (former Landfill) in partnership with New York City's Department of Parks & Recreation. This summer the competition is to be held in Santa Monica. The Directors have organized summer camp for kids in Pittsburgh where 14 year old campers built a solar panel art installation in one of the poor neighborhoods in need of a "lift".
To Learn more about the Land Art Generator Initiative please visit http://www.landartgenerator.org/