Center for Art + Environment Blog

  • The Arctic, 2015

    Svalbard, The Arctic, May 23-June 1, 2015

    July 21, 2015   |   By William L. Fox

    It’s not exactly a hop, skip, and a jump from saltwater crocodiles to polar bears, but I left tropical Australia on a Tuesday and by the end of the week I am walking up the main road of Svalbard’s only town, Longyearbyen, toward the glacier at the end of the valley. Svalbard is an archipelago... View Post

  • Australia 2015

    Kubulwarnamyo, May 15, 2015

    July 14, 2015   |   By William L. Fox

    My last day in Maningrida is an eventful one: I see green ants for the first time (an important source of vitamin C for hunter-gatherers); I almost step on a small green python; and, at three in the morning, I’m woken by a green tree frog hopping onto my head. This troika of fecundity seems... View Post

  • Australia 2015

    Arnhembrand, May 10-16, 2015

    July 8, 2015   |   By William L. Fox

    After the Climarte event in Melbourne, I fly to Darwin with Australian artist Mandy Martin, conservationist Guy Fitzhardinge, architect and artist David Leece, and a host of related folk who have taken on a new “art, science and story” endeavor. The Paruku Project, which Guy, Mandy, and David ran a couple of years ago, addressed... View Post

  • Australia 2015

    TarraWarra Museum of Art, May 6, 2015

    July 2, 2015   |   By William L. Fox

    Australia is home to many fine public art museums, notable among them the Art Gallery of New South Wales in Sydney, which opened in 1874, and the National Gallery of Victoria in Melbourne, which opened in 1861 and is the oldest public art museum in the country. These are large encyclopedic art museums with collections... View Post

  • Australia 2015

    Climarte, Melbourne, May 3-7, 2015

    June 23, 2015   |   By William L. Fox

    Flying into Australia just in time to help moderate a “Climate Art Slam” is one way to deal with jet lag. You just jump over it. Modeled after the Anthropocene Slam at the University of Wisconsin last year, Australian artist Mandy Martin and historian of science Libby Robin decided to host a similar “cabinet of... View Post

  • Playa Residency

    Winter Ridge and Summer Lake: A Writing Residency at Playa

    May 2, 2015   |   By William L. Fox

    The Playa residency program for artists, writers, and scientists sits just above the shoreline of seasonal lake encountered by John C. Frémont in 1843 when he first entered what he would soon thereafter describe as the Great Basin. Riding eastward from the Cascades, he stopped at the edge of high snowy ridge. Below a large... View Post

  • Swiss Alps

    Dispatches from the Alps, 10

    February 19, 2015   |   By William L. Fox

    I’ll end this series about public art in the Swiss Alps by looking at a singular work of art we found, by contrast, hanging on a museum wall. Our visits to Furka Pass, the Micheal Heizer sculpture by the Maivoisin Dam, the Verbier 3-D Sculpture Park produced a rich conversation about the use of art... View Post

  • Swiss Alps

    Dispatches from the Alps, 9

    February 6, 2015   |   By William L. Fox

    This is a longer than usual post about our final day of fieldwork in the Swiss Alps this last September—and it’s the next to the last one in this long series! For our final driving excursion, we drove in mid-afternoon via a back road into the fabled ski resort town of Verbier. This was by... View Post

  • Swiss Alps

    Dispatches from the Alps, 8

    January 13, 2015   |   By William L. Fox

    Sunday morning sees a few clouds wandering about the peaks, but it’s mostly fair and Benoît has made arrangements for us to visit the triennial sculpture exhibition that’s being held down the road in a hillside park. It’s very confusing, therefore, when we wind our way through the town of Bex to end instead at... View Post

  • Swiss Alps

    Dispatches from the Alps, 7

    January 9, 2015   |   By William L. Fox

    One of the most important reasons for us to visit the Valais in southwestern Switzerland is to see Michael Heizer’s recent sculpture, Tangential Circular Negative Line (1968-2012), which Jean-Maurice Verone commissioned as the first project for his AIR & Art Foundation, an organization he started in 2010 as a companion to R&Art. The sculpture’s title... View Post