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Urban Defense

A demonstration raised bed permaculture installation, URBAN DEFENSE metaphorically refers to U.S. Pentagon’s military strength and the historic values in its Philadelphia site.  Politically and economically, it gives equal civic weight to ecologically grown local food. Permaculture systems mimic nature’s … Continue reading

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Sweet Survival

Sweet Survival, a site specific work, honors a prominent Sonoma County crop that has succeeded over millennia, largely due to sweetness.  On the Museum grounds, five commercially grafted apple trees, mulched with pink quartz, are surrounded by nitrogen fixing wintergreens … Continue reading

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II. Land + Water

WORKING TOGETHER — ENGAGING COMMUNITY APPALACHIAN SAYING: “THE RIVERS MAKE THE MOUNTAINS, THE MOUNTAINS MAKE THE PEOPLE.” Traditionally active in unions, politics and churches, area residents readily supported the project. Almost everyone in town joined in the tile painting—more than … Continue reading

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Nurture Nature

Geumgang Nature Art Biennale, Korea NURTURE NATURE:  Ecology = Study of Home An improvisational eco installation, designed on site to place and community. Here is a FOREST KITCHEN where we feed Nature and Nature feeds us.  A PATH OF STORIES … Continue reading

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One Straw Revolution

Three month installation, “Ecovention” exhibit, Contemporary Art Center, Cincinnati, Ohio, in downtown Federal Reserve Bank Plaza. Curators: Amy Lipton and Sue Spaid. Demonstration biointensive organic garden built with local volunteers, using local salvage, organic plants, soil. Harvested food was given … Continue reading

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Gardens 2 Go

Prototype community organic food garden of portable sculptural raised beds demonstrates how to grow healthy food with little money and less land—critical to ecologically and economically disadvantaged neighborhoods. Collaboration with West Oakland Neighbors. Built of clean recycled or inexpensive familiar … Continue reading

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Mandela Artscape

Symbol of positive urban regeneration on new-found but degraded open space where the 1989 earthquake collapsed an elevated freeway tragically killing motorists. Project involved unique multi-group collaboration of West Oakland residents and community groups, Caltrans (land owner), City of Oakland, … Continue reading

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River Hopes & Dreams

Permanent 3-acre eco-sculpture garden at San Francisco’s waste management company, NORCAL Sanitary Fill Company, now known as Recology. Reclamation project of collected-on-site salvage, concrete and drought tolerant plants. Done while one of Recology’s first Artist in Residence. “Mountain” is homage … Continue reading

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