Wednesday, January 8, 2014

Eco Science plus Art (Patricia Johanson)

Received an email from Ottawa Greenspace Alliance:  For those interested in learning more on working with “Eco Science plus Art”. This approach to infrastructure for restoring polluted land and urban water treatment is being applied in various cities and country places in the U.S.A.  On the website link below you can watch and listen to the featured speaker, Patricia Johanson.

From the Ecoscience Plus Art wordpress site:

“Patricia Johanson’s major projects combine art, ecology, landscaping, and functional infrastructure.  They include Fair Park Lagoon in Dallas (1981-86), a municipal flood basin, and “Endangered Garden”, San Francisco (1987), a transport-storage sewer whose roof provides public access to restored habitats and is part of the Bay Circuit Trail.  Ellis Creek Water Recycling Facility in Petaluma, California utilizes sequential wetlands to process sewage into recycled water, while framing infrastructure as a public park and homes for local wildlife.  “The Draw at Sugar House”, Salt Lake City, incorporates a major highway crossing for Parley’s Trail with a sculptural dam, whose floodwalls and spillway recall the Mormon journey through Echo Canyon.  And “Mary’s Garden” in Scranton, Pennsylvania reclaims mine-scarred land, where water drops through seven levels of underground mines, restoring surface flow and providing geothermal energy, storm water treatment, restored ecological communities, and sculpture, within the context of a public park.”

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