December 6, 2013
Artists will play in sustainability and encourage business to adopt the innovation out of the right brain creatives. Artist thinking sustainability can capture the unseen into the reality to shift the concept of land, design and functionality to push new standards on processes, systems and user interface. The work innovators revealing “When it comes to climate change, this artist lets the trees do the talking” allows the green infrastructure to reveal the flow.
Sustainability, Whitehead says, “is a cultural problem and artists can help find the solution.”
The work of “Sculptor Frances Whitehead calls herself a provocateur. She’s no Banksy. Instead, this professor of sculpture at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago pushes people to think differently about how art fits into, and shapes, our lives, from the mundane to the political — and how it might help us imagine a more sustainable future.”
The future when considering the meaning of sustainability is being built by the actions of today. New concepts that are interdisciplinary, culminated by multidisciplinary application can bring synthesis to unanswered problems and produce efficiencies that were not previously accessible and available.
“In 2006, Whitehead penned a creative manifesto called “What Do Artists Know?” The document is a point-by-point articulation of what a creative mind can bring to the broader cultural conversation. She later swayed city officials to place artists into government via her program, The Embedded Artist.”
Her process of change and development as any artist is nurtured by the mastery of their tools to deliver a new voice. Next, in her evolution, ” It was only a matter of time before Whitehead, a longtime gardener who frequently incorporated natural objects into her sculpture, began to focus on the combination of art and science. In 2004, Whitehead and her husband purchased a 3,000-square-foot warehouse and converted it into their Green House, a haven of sustainability and reuse. Replete with wind turbines and geothermal heating and cooling, the structure served as an educational classroom for design students and inspired new ways of approaching the post-industrial city,” reports the Grist.
“Next, in 2008, Whitehead launched a program called Slow Cleanup to restore the land occupied by shuttered gas stations throughout Chicago. The program, a partnership between the Art Institute and the Chicago Department of the Environment’s Brownfield Initiative, uses phytoremediation (a.k.a. plants) to clean up the polluted lots. And now, Whitehead is the lead artist on Chicago’s newest park, the 606, which will transform three straight miles of an abandoned rail line into parks, bike and running trails, and pedestrian walkways. Spearheaded by the Trust for Public Land and formerly known as the Bloomingdale Trail, the project is considered to be one of the most innovative and unusual projects of its type in the world.”
The work of sustainability will take innovators and committed leaders to embrace new thinking and process changes to deliver innovation, userability, operability and functionality. The beauty of allowing the trees to talk is about sculpting approaches that shape and root design changes to our infrastructure.
- Sustainable Design for the Kimbell (landsdssustainable.com)
- Losing The Person Larger Than Life (landsdssustainable.com)
- Meat And Booze With A Side Of Still Life: American Painters On Food (npr.org)
- Lessons business can learn from art that changed the world (theguardian.com)
- Janine Antoni Speaks at SAIC (chicagocontemporaryartseminar.com)