Art for Community Engagement

Another Flood: What Would You Sacrifice for Global Warming Art?

Posted by on Sep 16, 2013 in Art for Community Engagement, Lambertville-New Hope, Local-Sustainable Living | Comments Off on Another Flood: What Would You Sacrifice for Global Warming Art?

Another Flood: What Would You Sacrifice for Global Warming Art?

Today I read about this art project, by Mary Miss, which in 2007 marked high water spots for various flood stages in Boulder, Colorado.
This was not a city signage project.
This was art.
But at this point in Boulder, where the water “would be” is a reality.  Severe floods have overtaken the city.

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It made me think about doing this in New Hope and Lambertville, but with a twist.  On the anniversary of Sandy, we rope off all the places we could not go then, for one week, with blue tape.  
Absurd?
Annoying?  
Not art?  
You’d take blue dots over this any day to raise awareness of global warming?

The suggestion is not to undermine the value of the blue dot project.  After all, it inspired me to write this.  But I do believe its easier to live normally, side-by-side with art that alludes to real pain, rather than experience the very thing that art is pointing to, through the project.  

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Sustainable Once More, With Style

Posted by on Aug 13, 2013 in Art for Community Engagement, Local-Sustainable Living | Comments Off on Sustainable Once More, With Style

Sustainable Once More, With Style

It never ceases to amaze me, just when I think I have seen them all, I discover yet another inspired Hunterdon-Bucks artist who is making a unique, creative space, born from imagination, from the rubble of where they live.

Here, we are surrounded by beautiful places, and hundreds more people who paint those places.
But how often do you encounter an artist who is actually creating landscape?

You can leave out the developers who have systematically changed our vistas with condo developments and McMansions.  I am referring to someone who is purposefully crafting landscape with living things.

I met one last Sunday, William “Bill” Wyman.  He co-hosted a tour of his personal forest, with Hunterdon Land Trust, at his home in Stockton, NJ, an incredibly gorgeous compound of buildings that once again made me exclaim,

“Damn there’s some hot houses tucked away around this town!”  

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Wyman has designed the house to connect with the native plant forest that surrounds it, which he has cultivated for the past two decades.  

Forest viewing walkway from house.

Viewing walkway from house, spans over forest, with seating area at end.

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CATCHING BUTTERFLIES @ RETRO-SCOPE.ORG: NEW HOPE CELEBRATES PRIDE 2013

Posted by on May 10, 2013 in Art for Community Engagement, Lambertville-New Hope, Local-Sustainable Living | Comments Off on CATCHING BUTTERFLIES @ RETRO-SCOPE.ORG: NEW HOPE CELEBRATES PRIDE 2013

CATCHING BUTTERFLIES @ RETRO-SCOPE.ORG: NEW HOPE CELEBRATES PRIDE 2013

For the past seven months my company, ScullyOne Productions, has been working on a project to identify and preserve LGBT history in New Hope, PA, sponsored by New Hope Celebrates (NHC).  The long-term vision is to create a museum/community center in town.  Short term, and what we produced for NHC, is an online archive where anyone can contribute their memories, stories, and videos to the collection: www.Retro-Scope.org, and a set of exhibitions from the collection for Pride week, May 10-19, 2013.

Before I go on with the bidness here, allow me to really show my hand.
Dance break.
Cue the music.
Do the happy dance…and allow me to sing, “I believe in life after love!” 

Total honesty, bias betrayed: I loved the idea.  This one was not “just business.”  It was personal.

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DIGGING IN THE DIRT: THOUGHTS ON A 9/11 MEMORIAL IN LAMBERTVILLE

Posted by on Oct 25, 2012 in Art for Community Engagement | 1 comment

DIGGING IN THE DIRT: THOUGHTS ON A 9/11 MEMORIAL IN LAMBERTVILLE

 

I have to write about this, but I want to forget it. But if I do, I’m afraid I wont ever be allowed to. I’m talking about a Lambertville Memorial to 9/11. The City is considering co-sponsoring a memorial to the event: a large metal I-beam from the World Trade Center placed at the corner of Bridge and Union Street in front of a “living wall” of plants.
And as much as I’d like to move on from 9/11, ignoring this proposed project, and allowing it to be built means that 9/11 will be literally in view, every day, in the center of town.  View Map

Is this where, and how we want to remember 9/11?

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