Barrier Islands Drama: The Mangrove and the Pine, by Helen Mayer and Newton Harrison

Mangrove Installing

Installation
Source: http://theharrisonstudio.net/

Artists: Helen Mayer and Newton Harrison

Title: The Mangrove and The Pine: you can never tell when an aesthetic decision will ruin a landscape.

Year created: 1982

Location: Sarasota, FL

Materials: Photography, installation

What is the piece’s impact? The piece included artists and stake holder engagement, design, mapping, documentation. It has been credited with being partly responsible for the banning of the so-called Australian Pine from South Florida. 

How does this project relate to this change as art? Ecological decolonizing – protecting native mangroves from invasive foreign Australian pine.

What makes this an artistic project? This project was conceived and managed by “leading pioneers of the eco-art movement” (source). Newton and Helen Mayer Harrison have worked for decades with biologists, ecologists, architects, urban planners and other artists to initiate collaborative dialogues to uncover ideas and solutions which support biodiversity and community development. Moreover, the project was commissioned by The Ringling Museum of Art in Sarasota, Florida.

Notes: For more information visit: http://theharrisonstudio.net/?page_id=604

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