Google Earth Camouflage, A Revision Request, An Ecoart Proposal to Green the Garthwaite Center for Science & Art


Google Earth Camouflage, A Revision Request, An Ecoart Proposal to Green the Garthwaite Center for Science & Art. 2008
This site-specific proposal is part of a Global Warming exhibit; the gallery is inside this new ‘green building’. However sustainable the current building design may be, from the air it appears to be primarily stark white; the site carved out of the forest. So this proposal intends to assist viewers to: Imagine greening all buildings to the extent that when viewed from above—either by flying over or google earth, the built environment blends into the natural environment; integration, way beyond LEED, Leadership for Energy and Environmental Design.

Imagine if we had building codes that required developers to replace the existing natural growth/habitat on top of or into a proposed building. Literally roll up the landscape before the building’s footprint comes down, and integrate it into the building program. Not being in the process prior to design and construction of this building, we speculate a history of diverse land use on the site. In this case we added a mixture of growth strategies not attempting to reproduce a forest ecosystem, but to provide a model of diverse strategies as examples: a living roof with a naturalistic meadow of perennials and grasses, agricultural food crops, fruit trees, alternative energy systems, rain water storage, and a small area for human habitation.



Other Projects

Public Art

  1. Living Waters of Larimer, 2012-2016
  2. Permaculture Orchard, 2011
  3. One Mile Garden, 2008—present
  4. WeGrow, 2004-2006
  5. Listen to the South Side, 2000-2004
  6. Nine Mile Run Greenway Project, 1996-2000
  7. Urban Semi-Wilderness Area, 1994-1998
  8. Barletta’s News, 1994
  9. Commemorative Monument to Native Americans, 1993
  10. Water Rites: A Domestic Arrangement, 1991
  11. Monument to the Fall of the Television Evangelists, 1988


  1. Still Life #9
  2. The NEW R5 Travel Agency, 2008
  3. Following in My Father’s Footsteps, 2003
  4. An Island For 2 Axe Heads, A String..., 1996
  5. Eco-Mobile Home/Office Entertainment System, 1993
  6. The Persian Gulf Bowl, 1992
  7. As We Turn with the World, 1991
  8. It’s Always Greener on the Greener side, OR..., 1990
  9. The Pantheozone: Temple To The Ozone, 1989


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  4. 3 Sisters Garden, 2003
  5. Ecotone: A Public Art Proposal for the David..., 2002
  6. Greening Purnell: Site-Specific Sculpture Proposal to Integrate Nature..., 2000