Earlier this month we had the distinguished honor of presenting at the 22nd annual International Sculpture Conference. We were a part of the panel “A Changing Landscape: Sculpture, Society & Environment” chaired by John Grande and also featuring John Roloff and Ian Hunter.
It was an amazing event and conference and we thank the ISC for inviting us to be a part of it. The Land Art Generator Initiative was very well received with a lot of interest in the creative fusion of renewable energy infrastructure and public art and also the specific context of public art potential in the United Arab Emirates. The panel resulted in a very stimulating discussion and audience questions, and while there was some distance conceptually between the work of the panelists, there was a great thread that tied it all together: the necessity for new sculptural conceptions of landscape, be they agricultural, geological, ecological, or energy infrastructural. The continued relevance of sculptural intervention requires a constant reassessment in the context of contemporary cultural issues. Thoughtful sculptural interventions in the landscape can impart a new framework of understanding about fundamental cultural currencies such as water, food, energy, and ecology. We all could have continued for another 90 minutes if we had been given the time.
residential microgeneration as viewed from our London hotel window!