Archive 2009

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Botanical Architecture and Tree Sculpture

Dan Ladd has been grafting living trees into architectural and geometric forms for 30 years. When he was young he was always intrigued with strange tree self-grafting he would find in woods and orchards.



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Art that inspires science: how a modern sculpture inspired a major breakthrough in biology

Photo: Kimberly Faye

Don Ingber is a cell biologist from Harvard Medical School, Children's Hospital. One day he saw a piece of modern sculpture and -- Eureka! -- he was inspired to make a major breakthrough in biology.
The first time Don Ingber saw Needle Tower, the monumental sculpture by Keneth Snelson, it was almost 30 years ago: "It's like kind of an old friend."

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A collaboration of artist Terike Haapoja and software developer Simosol, titled Tree's Day. The work creates a carbon flow animation of a Scots pine tree in real time from a field station in Finland.




Theo Jansen is a Dutch artist who builds walking kinetic sculptures that he calls a new form of life. His "Strandbeests" walk the coastline of Holland, feeding on wind and fleeing from water

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Video installation made by Pat van Boeckel (Netherlands) for I-Park Environmental Art Biennale, September 2009, Connecticut, USA.



As it is in Heaven
Art work by Karin van der Molen (Netherlands) for I-Park Environmental Art Biennale, September 2009, Connecticut, USA.



Objects in the mirror

Video installation made by Pat van Boeckel for I-Park Environmental Art Biennale, September 2009, Connecticut, USA.






How Art Catches a Rabbit
50 minute (English subtitles) documentary on the Kunstbroedplaats ("Art breeding place") project in the Dutch wetlands of the Weerribben, 2005
By ReRun Producties




The Rain Choir - Sound of Rain



The Painted People. The Surma and Mursi peoples use their bodies as canvases, working with whatever materials they find in nature


For six years, photographer Hans Silvester travelled to the remote Omo Valley in Ethiopia to capture the striking body art of the local Surma and Mursi peoples. Traditionally nomadic, these indigenous people decorate the territory of their naked bodies with whatever nature offers, such as leaves, flowers, grasses, butterfly wings and snail shells.  Their bodies are their canvases.
Straddling Ethiopia, Sudan and Kenya, the Great Rift Valley slowly tears open the planet, exposing a vast array of pigments. The earth offers red ochre, white kaolin, green copper, yellow sulphur and gray ash.
In minutes, with their fingers, a crushed reed, the tips of their nails, they transform themselves into works of great beauty.
Picasso once said: "Every child is an artist. The problem is how to remain an artist once we grow up." Picasso also said it takes a long time to become young. The people of the Omo never forgot what every child once knew.



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Snow drawings

Artist: Sonja Hinrichsen

Website (blog)


'Overtaken by Nature' - The Wonder of Trees

Website of the Wonder of Trees by Olaf Willenbrocke



The Tree Hugger project, at the UN Climate Summit
 December 2008


United Kingdom

LTER Inspires Climate Change Art

A new media artist has worked with LTER scientists in the UK to create a unique web-based art work exploring climate-driven environmental change.
The UK's LTER network, the Environmental Change Network was a founding member of a project called Climate Change Explorer, which aimed to combine the arts and science to raise awareness of climate change. As part of the project, ECN commissioned a new media artist - Lorraine Berry - to produce a web-based creative work which drew upon ECN data and knowledge concerning climate change.

Lorraine's work - launched earlier this year - and entitled 'As Seasons Change', takes the form of an interactive 'book'. 'As Seasons Change' combines fractal images and 'sonifications' of real datasets to explore the impact of climate change on the natural world.


An image from 'As Seasons Change' by Lorraine Berry

For example, the piece contains long-term global temperature data from the UK Met Office's Hadley Centre, converted to sound, creating an emotional 'sound of climate change'. There are similar sonifications of data from the ECN network. The piece was launched last year, and has been visited by people around the world.



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Reverse Graffiti Project
One person's dirty wall is another's canvas. Paul "Moose" Curtis uses the dirt of the urban landscape as a backdrop for creating art. In a downtown San Francisco tunnel, for instance, the accumulated soot on the walls is a perfect backdrop for him to selectively spray away the black using wooden stencils. The result is the appearance of large botanical murals. He calls his process "reverse graffiti."





Integral Ecoawareness Training and Practice
Integral Ecoawareness Training and Practice is a holistic, bodymind-based method to enhance awareness of self and our interconnectedness with nature. Weaving together exploratory research in dance, somatics and deep ecological thinking.
Developed by three international art and sustainability educators, IEA includes Laban/Bartenieff, contact-improvisation, somatics/bodywork, acting, permaculture and nature awareness methodologies.





The Mollestad Oak in southern Norway is at least a thousand years old. It is to be found near Grimstad. The winter sun causes its bark to release a mist. "Being alive, this oak, the elder of elders, vibrating energy!"
Camera: Jan van Boeckel.



Sunrise concert at lake Grängen by visualsoundartist Martien Groeneveld

On his giant xylophone, Dutch visualsoundartist Martien Groeneveld welcomes the sun and the echoes at lake Grängen in Hjulsjö, Sweden. With his crystal glasses and violin string he produces sounds for the forest creatures. Camera: Jan van Boeckel.

Website Martien Groeneveld





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