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Michael Light: One Hundred Suns: Just before this issue was wrapped up, I learned about Light’s installation One Hundred Suns at the UC Berkeley campus: one hundred government photos of US nuclear tests from the years these were being conducted above ground. Printed on 3’ x 3’  squares of canvas and pegged into the ground, images of atomic fireballs stretched out for 345 feet along a walkway just north of UC’s main library. Because of the university’s unique relationship to the development of these weapons, the installation plays on a web of shadowy undertones, but standing there, I ... Nov 2, 2005, 5126 reads


 

Habitat Restoration: The alarm went off as programmed. Going downstairs for coffee, I peeked out the back door—the deck was dry. The possibility of heavy rain was forecast, which threatened to cancel our planned fieldwork at Muir Woods. With some apprehension, I drove to San Rafael. Our team of volunteers converged in the Dominican University parking lot and quietly gathered in a circle. Just having made it this far felt good—actually following through on a commitment to work at Muir Woods, rain or no rain. We would be helping with an environmental project and naturally we were carpooling. I ... Mar 6, 2008, 6244 reads


 

A Conversation with Sam Bower: Green Museum I met Sam Bower one afternoon by accident. I'd gone to join a couple of friends at an ongoing experiment in the gift economy, a restaurant [Karma Kitchen] just open on Sundays. I'd heard about Sam, the director of  greenmuseum.org, just a few days earlier. A couple of men were chatting, standing outside the restaurant. One of them turned out to be Sam! And it happened that Sam had also heard about me a couple of days earlier, so our meeting was one of those auspicious coincidences. We ended up sitting at the same table and by the end of lunch, a connection had been ... Apr 27, 2009, 28656 reads


 

An Interview with Betsy Damon: Living Water I first heard about Betsy Damon from Sam Bower of greenmuseum.org. Water is Damon's passionate subject. She was studying sacred springs in China when she began meeting individuals interested in water from many different angles. Amazingly, this eventually led to an invitation to review a major water project in Chengdu, the capital city of Sichuan. Due to her critique, the project was scrapped. Even more amazingly, Damon not being affiliated with any institution or group, she was asked to design a new project. And it was built! According to Damon, it's the first municipal living ... Dec 25, 2009, 14179 reads


 

Art/Environment: The Story of the Brick: In the autumn of 2000, I left the collaborative sculpture studio known as Meadowsweet Dairy to begin work on greenmuseum.org, a new online museum of environmental art. I had been creating sculpture and large-scale outdoor installations with my colleagues at the Dairy since 1993. Based on our experience, we saw a need for some type of cultural infrastructure to support what we expected would be the central art movement of the 21st century: art that heals our relationship with the natural world.       We were convinced that an online museum, with its minimal ecological ... Mar 3, 2010, 9414 reads


 

Tree of the Art of the Mind: --Tom Weidlinger For several months I had been anticipating a meeting with Dorothy, my benefactress, in which I would present a funding proposal for a new project. Dorothy's family foundation had been supporting my work for nine years. I'd made six films with her sole support-a wonderful circumstance, compared to my pre-benefactress decades when I spent as much time raising money for films as I did actually making them. Though I worked hard and did my best to be worthy of this munificence, I sometimes felt guilty about my good fortune. But not so guilty as to prevent me from presenting the proposal ... Jun 17, 2010, 13356 reads


 

Moringa Community: An Improbable Project: Using an Innovative Woodworking Technology to Build Hope in Rural Ghana The story of how a poor Ghanaian carpenter built an improbable friendship with an American  woodworker and how their shared values led to the birth of a vibrant organization dedicated to bringing the opportunity for a better life to rural West Africans.      An Unlikely Start Not only is friendship one of life's great treasures, but sometimes the least likely friendships are the most powerful. When Abubakar Abdulai (Abu), a poor Ghanaian carpenter, began emailing Jeffry Lohr in 2007, trying to find a way to attend Jeff's woodworking school in ... Aug 1, 2010, 6234 reads


 

David Tomb's New Work: I first became aware of artist David Tomb thanks to his portraits some years ago. It was impossible not to recognize something special in them, even beyond the artist's formidable draftsmanship. In particular, the portraits of his favorite subject capture subtle states one recognizes immediately, most often subtle varieties of preoccupation with one or another unseen riddle. It's that state of having one's thoughts quietly elsewhere. Conveyed, too, is the strong sense that we, as viewers, look in on the subject caught unobserved and alone in his pondering. These drawings have a ... Nov 21, 2010, 5932 reads


 

Music Outside the Music Box: Interview: Cheryl Leonard by Mary Stein, SF, October 15, 2010 I first met Cheryl Leonard more than ten years ago when she joined the martial arts dojo I belonged to and began practicing aikido with us there.  She caught on to aikido quickly, and I soon learned that she was already an experienced rock climber, often leading weekend expeditions into the mountains.  A little later I learned that she was a musician and composer with an unusual interest in making music with pine cones, feathers, sea shells, bones or any other of the myriad objects she found on her excursions into nature. Since then I've watched her perform several times and been ... Feb 23, 2011, 12263 reads


 

21 Day Hikes in the Umbra Region of the Vespertine: J.Kathleen White From the author's forward:   The trails of the Umbra Region of the Vespertine are not well marked. One of the pleasures of hiking in this region is the distressing uncertainty you struggle to subdue as you walk for hours with no sign, no affirmation that you are on the right trail until, finally, there it is... a magnificent cairn. Unfortunately, on many hikes you will go all day sighting only one of these glorious trail markers.       I have written this book to help the nervous traveler enjoy the special pleasures of hiking in the Umbra region of the ... Feb 23, 2011, 5040 reads


 

Art/Environment: Judith Selby Lang & Richard Lang A Day With the Langs -Anne Veh   It was a temperate day last March when the three of us journeyed to Kehoe Beach to collect beach plastic-a weekly pilgrimage for Judith and Richard Lang since 1999. Each outing is really a meditation, but through this practice they have collected over two tons of plastic in eleven years. We park at the entrance to Kehoe Beach and, with bags in hand, begin the quarter mile walk to the ocean. The path is breathtaking, and all the while, Richard is sharing the local lore, and stopping here and there to take in the beauty.       We ... Jun 13, 2011, 1877 reads


 

Conversation: Emmanuel Vaughn-Lee: Deep Water  Most of us in the west take clean water for granted. And generally we're equally asleep to the profound role water plays in our lives. In an interview with Sam Bower of greenmuseum.org [issue #18] I brought up the question of water. He mused, "If you think of what we are, I mean we're made up of cells and each little cell contains a drop of seawater. In some ways, all the little creatures that emerged from the seas found each other, bound together and found a way of collaborating and sharing the recipe over and over with helpful modifications, and here we are today! Every chance ... Jun 13, 2011, 40175 reads


 
 

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