One Tree EcoArt Proposal

2007

Imagine one tree planted on every building on the Carnegie Mellon campus.
This proposal evolved out of an adhoc process to save a centrally located, small grove of Honey Locust trees on the Carnegie Mellon campus. Over the years, like most urban areas, one observes the built environment grow, and natural environment (the grove) shrink. One issue, is loss of the trees themselves, another is that the grove was adjacent to the sculpture area in Doherty Hall and had become a laboratory for sculpting and site work in the natural environment.
Two simultaneous building projects, Doherty Hall Phase II and the Gates Center for Computer Science threatened to destroy the grove. After an attempt to save the trees through a variety of meetings and gestures by faculty and students, less than half were spared. One attempt was the artful, fictitious designation of the Carnegie Nature Reserve that revealed the value of the trees to retain the steep slopes from eroding and as significant habitat for a variety of flora, fauna and artworks.

The architect for the Doherty Hall renovation offered a green roof on one component of the new building project as a sustainable gesture to the loss of trees; give me an inch, I will take a mile, I engaged her and others in the conversation to transplant some of the smaller trees to large planters and place them on top of each and every building on campus. Not too practical or economically feasible but a possible solution to restore balance on the planet, ecologically and aesthetically.

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

Installations

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

Proposals

  1. Google Earth Camouflage, A Revision Request, An Ecoart..., 2008
  2. One Tree EcoArt Proposal, 2007
  3. Greening the Andy Warhol Museum: It’s for the..., 2007
  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