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Public Art and Design Bringing Nature to Urban Spaces

A Symposium to mark the closing of 2017 season of Beyond the Edge Artists’ Gardens

Saturday, Sept. 16, 10 a.m. to noon
Heron Community Centre Amphitheatre - 1480 Heron Rd. Ottawa

This event will focus on the role of creative experimentation and cross-pollination between art, landscape architecture, design and other disciplines in creating new models that return nature to urban spaces. The panel of speakers will examine diverse, creative approaches that provide innovative, often surprising, answers to current needs for public spaces that embrace nature - from those that are reliant on ‘garden and horticultural’ methods to those that are sculptural and architectural in form to those that use unique hybrid approaches. We will consider projects that provide the benefits of trees in shorter time frames; projects that create shade; mark and animate places; and initiatives that integrate sound, light, solar collection, and other environmental components. In all, we wish to focus on methods that are complementary to ongoing efforts that support and improve urban forests and green spaces.


Jean Bridge, (moderator) Niagara based artist, professor and creator of Canupy: Achilles Shadow tree orphanage and other art projects that unite nature and space. She will speak about the Canupy Parallel Tree project and provide examples that illustrate diverse projects from around that world that pursue novel alternative or 'engineered' approaches to parallel trees.
Martha Lush, landscape architect with CSW Landscape Architects Ltd. Is the creator of Landscapes of Canada Project at Museum of Nature. She will talk about this work in the context museum, research, site characteristics and use of extensive plant and natural materials as well as the integration of public sculpture which, taken together, aims to evoke an expanse of space and the particularities of place.
Ryan Longo, artist/sculptor of Intergalactic Garden Supply in Toronto produces work operates around events and relationships between nature, technology and light. He will speak about his working methods as they relate to nature and materials focusing on his recent project Reactor which has been presented in many festivals and public venues.
Andrea Legge, artist and principal of Legge Lewis Legge - an award-winning interdisciplinary collaborative with a focus on large-scale installations, public art and landscape design. She will speak about the firm’s past and present work, including projects at The International Garden Festival at Reford Gardens, The Dallas Arboretum and at San Diego International Airport.


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