Minnesota Public Radio recently reported that Jackie Brookner is advising and supporting the inhabitants of the City of Fargo in North Dakota on a major ecological art project funded in part by the National Endowment for the Arts. The focus of the project is making use of a drainage basin, built to deal with heavy summer rains, as year round facilities for the community.
There’s an interview with Brookner on the NEA blog and if you prefer listening to reading, you can hear her on the Social Practices Art Network.
In the UK Chris Drury’s Heart of Reeds in Lewes, West Sussex, is probably a comparable project. This constructed environment remediates industrial pollution whilst providing recreational space and managing rain water.
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