ecologically-focused public art and sculpture
The line between art and life
should be kept as fluid,
and perhaps indistinct, as possible.
- Alan Kaprow
We live in a world of pollution with heavy metals saturating the soil ...
If that (pollution) could be carved away, and life could return to that soil,
then a diverse and ecologically balanced life, then that is a wonderful sculpture.
- Mel Chin
Precisely because environmental problems
are rooted in cultural practices and ideologies,
it is artists, immersed in world and cultural practices, who are ideally situated
to locate and develop effective responses.
-- Beth Carruthers
A thing is right
when it tends to preserve
the integrity, stability and beauty of the biotic community.
It is wrong when it tends otherwise.
- Aldo Leopold
When one tugs at a single thing in nature,
he finds it attached to the rest of the world.
- John Muir
Who is better equipped than artists
— thinking outside the box,
employing their creativity and resourcefulness
and a love of beauty —
to envision a more sustainable world?
It is my vision that environmental restoration
could become the essential art of our time.
- Patricia Watts
My own short definition of public art:
accessible art of any species that cares about,
challenges, involves, and consults
the audience for whom it is made,
respecting community and environment.
- Lucy Lippard
It is not enough to repair the landscape; one must also
‘repair the hole in the psyche which is left when all traces of biological and ecological roots are obliterated.’
- Alan Sonfist
This most modern art discipline -Social Sculpture/Social Architecture-
will only reach fruition when every living person becomes a creator, a sculptor, or architect
of the social organism.
... only then would democracy be fully realized.
- Joseph Beuys
Ecological Art, or EcoART, is not simply art about,
or in, the environment, but is work that addresses
the well‐being of ecosystems,
the impacts humans have within ecosystems,
the kind of relationships we have with the places where we dwell,
and the other species with whom we share these places. 8
- Beth Carruthers