Art and Ecology event at Van Dusen Gardens

Posted on July 13, 2009


Heather Jansch driftwood horse

Heather Jansch driftwood horse

Art and Ecology, a talk on the intersection of art practice and responsible land use with John K. Grande, is at the VanDusen Gardens this Thursday. This is taken from the Facebook invitation:

You are invited to join us for an evening presentation and discussion about environmental art:

Thursday July 16
VanDusen Botanical Garden, 5251 Oak Street
in the Cedar Room

John will trace the pattern and history of how ‘Land Art’ morphed into ‘Earth Art’ and discuss concepts of ‘the natural’ and ‘the manufactured’ as they apply to sculpture in the environment. His presentation will be illustrated with images from the Earth Art show he curated for the Royal Botanical Gardens in Hamilton, Ontario this summer.

The presentation will be followed by questions and discussion. We are especially interested in participants introducing the work of artists from the Greater Vancouver area into this discussion.

John K. Grande is author of numerous books on art and environment including Dialogues on Diversity (2007 – Pari, Italy ) and Art Nature Dialogues ( NY, USA) as well as the classic Balance: Art and Nature (Black Rose, Montreal, 1994 and 2nd edition 2004)

Harry Jongerden, current Garden Director of VanDusen Botanical Garden, was previously the Director of Royal Botanical Gardens in Hamilton and worked with John to create the “Earth Art” opportunity.

This evening is presented in conjunction with the Stanley Park Environmental Art Project; for more information on the project go to:

Project partners: The Vancouver Board of Parks and Recreation, The Stanley Park Ecology Society and the Community Arts Council of Vancouver

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