Ecoart projects are distinguished from “regular”
art works by their ameliorative interventions that occur in
“nature,” and with “nature.”
The emphasis in ecoart is away
from the focus on individual artistic intention and inspiration, and on
collaboration across disciplines—artist to scientist to public official
Ecoart also engages communities to address environmental problems
directly, and in highly creative ways.
In 2006, Xavier Cortada developed "The Reclamation
Project" as a pioneering ecoart work in South Florida,
taking its place in a worldwide art movement that is encouraging the fusion of
culture with environmental stewardship.
Project is an ecoart work because:
- Its objectives are informed by
scientific knowledge and findings.
- Its products involve the creation
of objects as well as the instigation of processes toward bioremediation.
- It advocates for, and
illuminates cutting edge scientific discoveries through visually engaging art
products and processes.
- It animates
communities toward direct involvement in environmental stewardship at all
stages of the art project’s creation.
To learn more about ecoart’s roots, its international
influence and its local presence in South Florida,
please go to www.sfeap.org (the website of the
South Florida Environmental Art Project, Inc.)