On May 6, 2011, H20: The Art of Conservation, at the Water Conservation Garden, San Diego, CA, will open to the public. Green Public Art reviewed over 1100 artists portfolios before inviting 14 San Diego artists to participate in the exhibition which offers San Diego homeowners an artistic alternative to incorporate water conservation into their own garden spaces. Green Public Art awarded each artist a mini-grant to develop their site-specific sculptures. In the weeks leading up to the exhibition opening the artist’s concepts will be revealed on this site. Questions? Contact Rebecca Ansert, Curator, Green Public Art at firstname.lastname@example.org.
CONCEPT: Clear is a series of kinetic sculptures combining the harshness of metal with the delicate nature of glass and water. At its core, Clear is about protection and preservation of water, our most precious natural resource. These sculptures are a subtle statement about conservation of water for our generation and generations to come. Glass vessels, filled with clear water swaying as pendulums, lend to the concept that water is a precious natural resource that every creature needs to keep life going. Together glass and pendulum convey the message that one false move or misjudged act can shatter and deplete the crucial resource of water.
ABOUT: Neal Bociek and Tiffany Bociek are a husband and wife artist team, who both currently live and work in San Diego, California. Neal Bociek graduated from the University of Notre Dame where he obtained a Master of Fine Arts degree with an emphasis in sculpture. Since then, he has been working and exhibiting his art in many locations with two current outdoor public exhibitions in San Diego. Neal won the Orchid Award from the San Diego Architectural Foundation for his work entitled Landsailers, which is a five‐year exhibition of ten sculptures, currently on display in ten locations from Pacific Beach to La Jolla, California. Tiffany Bociek graduated from the University of San Diego, California, where she obtained a Bachelor of Arts degree with an emphasis in Visual Arts. Presently she is furthering her education in landscape design and incorporates theory into site-specific projects. Tiffany and Neal collaborate as a public art team; together they have had two outdoor public exhibitions, one of which is currently on display as part of the Port of San Diego’s “Urban Tree 7,” an exhibition along Harbor Drive.
Rebecca Ansert, founder of Green Public Art, is an art consultant who specializes in artist solicitation, artist selection, and public art project management for both private and public agencies. She is a graduate of the master’s degree program in Public Art Studies at the University of Southern California and has a unique interest in how art can demonstrate green processes or utilize green design theories and techniques in LEED certified buildings.
Green Public Art is a Los Angeles-based consultancy that was founded in 2009 in an effort to advance the conversation of public art’s role in green building. The consultancy specializes in public art project development and management, artist solicitation and selection, creative community involvement and knowledge of LEED building requirements. Green Public Art also works with emerging and mid-career studio artists to demystify the public art process. The consultancy acts as a resource for artists to receive one-on-one consultation before, during, and after applying for a public art project.