Posted in Uncategorized, tagged clams, ecology, eelgrass, Ellen Pikitch, environment, grass, Institute for Ocean Conservation Science, Marine and Atmospheric Sciences, shellfishing, shinnecock bay, sustainable on December 16, 2012 |
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An editorial in the NY Times earlier this month praised the efforts of a Long Island organization committed to rescuing a lovely, endangered body of water.
The editorial said that in Shinnecock Bay, “pollution from fertilizer and septic runoff feeds frequent algae blooms that block oxygen and sunlight. … Once-lush beds of eelgrass, shelter for the little fish that feed bigger ones, have largely disappeared from the western part of the bay.”
But there is hope. “What Shinnecock Bay has going for it are scientists working to restore its waters and tidal flats to health. The Shinnecock Bay Restoration Program, run by Stony Brook University’s School of Marine and Atmospheric Sciences and its Institute for Ocean Conservation Science, means to fix the problem, not just study it.
“The institute’s executive director, Dr. Ellen Pikitch, said a big part of the job was as simple as replanting eelgrass and seeding the bay with clams and oysters, which filter the water clean and make the bay better able to fend for itself. … Local officials were doing their part by agreeing to close sections of the bay to shellfishing.”
More on what is being done now and ideas for even bigger efforts here. The program could serve as a model for sustainability elsewhere in the world. And we can all do our bit by using less fertilizer and thinking first before putting pollutants down our drains.
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Posted in Uncategorized, tagged ackroyd & harvey, art, art installation, big chill, cotswolds, dan harvey, eastnor castle, england, grass, heather ackroyd, jakob schiller, photographer, photography, portrait, wales on August 14, 2012 |
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When I saw the headline at Wired, it didn’t really compute.
“Artists Create Portraits on Live Grass.” What? I don’t get it. Did the artists set up easels and paint with oils? Did they paint directly on the grass?
Writer-photographer Jakob Schiller explains.
“It all started, as these things sometimes do, by accident. In 1990, before they worked in photography, [Heather] Ackroyd and [Dan] Harvey created an art installation that covered an entire room with grass. As part of the art piece they had left a ladder leaning against a wall and when they went to remove it they saw that the ubiquitous and fast-growing plant had been imprinted with the shadow. The grass had stayed yellow where the ladder had prevented it from receiving any light.
“ ‘We didn’t know straight away what we were looking at, but we knew that we had observed something important,’ Ackroyd says.
“They began playing with the idea of manipulating the light that hits grass and by the next year were projecting light through an old 35mm Kodak projector onto a swath of grass on the wall.”
What to think as the grass withers and dies? It’s kind of a Dorian Gray scenario.
Read more about the project at Wired‘s Raw File, here.
Photograph: Ackroyd & Harvey.
Myles, Basia, Nath and Alesha, The Big Chill Festival, Eastnor Castle, between the Cotswolds and the Welsh Marches. 2007
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Posted in Uncategorized, tagged art, boston, card, collage, conservancy, grass, greenway, greeting card, sod on June 11, 2011 |
Earlier this week, I was walking in the Greenway and noticed that new sod had been placed and roped off.
The sign said, “Grass is resting but feel free to hang your art on the rope.” I thought, “Wow, someone in the Greenway Conservancy is really thinking!”
Today I came back. I believe I was the first to hang my art on the rope.
The art is a copy of a collage I made for a greeting card. Actually for a sympathy card when my Aunt Maggie died. She liked purple. I enjoy making greeting cards from collage materials — postcards, magazine art, brochures. I collect these scraps all the time, and when I’m gearing up to make a card for someone, I sift through and pull out pieces that remind me of the person. If I really like the card a lot, I make copies.
A shot of the original card is below.
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