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: Drop. Living with an average of only ten inches of rain a year, San Diegans often long for lush, green, grassy yards. This is especially true in the summer, when the rain all but stops and those who choose not to water their yards watch their (at least they’re green) winter weed patches turn into brown, dirt lots. Inspired by the form of falling rain, Drop is an eight-foot tall steel sculpture with a living surface of succulents that will remain green year round. Leaf-like veins comprise the structure and the steel has natural, rusty patina that will continue to develop over time. A hammock-like sling hangs in the center of form, supporting a living pad of Sedums, Echeverias, Crassulas, and other succulent varieties that require minimal water to remain beautiful and verdant.
ABOUT: Rebecca Goodman has a Master’s of Fine Art degree from San Diego State University’s School of Art, Design, and Art History with an emphasis in studio furniture. She received a BFA in the same subject from California College of Art in San Francisco in 2002 and has spent much of her life on stage- dancing, acting, and designing sets and props. This has affected her work greatly, making the performance and interactive elements key. Also important to her work has been her study of ritual and spirituality in world cultures. Rebecca enjoys bringing together her investigations of sculptural forms and movement and is available to create unique and custom pieces ranging from personal altars and reliquaries to functional objects, sculptures, and interactive performance experiences.
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.