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H20 – Preview: Terri Hughes-Oelrich

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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

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CONCEPT: A Feeble Attempt to Catch Water (working title) was inspired my interest in historical ways of catching water. The formal structure of the work was inspired by a chance moment when I peeked in on my kids movie, The Secret of Kells, and was struck by the scaffold like structures before me. I imagined the cloth stretched in between the raw wooden forms as catchment systems similar to succulents and cactus leaves which catch water like little pools. The wooden forms will be replaced with steel which will rust in time with the rainfall redistributing iron to plants which rely on the mineral.

ABOUT: Terri Hughes-Oelrich artwork consists of sculptures, interactive and site-specific installations, and public artwork. She received her BA in Studio Art at UC Santa Barbara and her MFA in Ceramics at San Diego State University. As an Associate Professor at San Diego City College, she teaches sculpture and ceramics and continues to be inspired by her student’s enthusiasm. Her recent artwork is about her childhood growing up surrounded by oil wells in Huntington Beach and the transformation of that city. Terri Hughes also directs the Sugar Museum, a non-profit museum, which organized exhibitions and projects at various locations.

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.

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