Bio-Diversity and The Livability of Our Urban Centers

Newport Hills Town Center / Forged Fronds


Big Leaf Maple Rain Catchers

Forged Fronds and Alder Rain Catchers

 

Forged fronds are integrated into two Metro shelters, inspired by the context of urban forests. The art elements bring natural form into the town center experience, enhancing sense of community and place. Connection to the natural landscape is central to Bruce's work, as sculptural form, the forged artwork draws upon the ubiquitous and generative form found in all living things and natural systems. My interest is that the art generates a visual language that embodies both community identity and commitment to the preservation of natural environments. Biodiversity is an indicator of the health and livability of our urban centers, through a greater understanding of connection to place, nature and sustainable urban development we can create bio-positive environments that promote a cultural future inclusive of the vibrancy and restorative nature that accompanies biodiversity. The installation aspires to convey sense of place, identity and a sense of the shared reality nature inspires.

Rain catchers, attached to each bus shelter, bring focus to urban watersheds through a sculptural gesture that embraces pattern in nature, source and sky... the local Big Leaf Maple and Alder are iconic to the greenbelts woven throughout the urban landscape, their succession giving rise to the networks of green space that contain both urban watersheds and the diversity of natural corridors that are quintessential Northwest. By integrating art that draws its inspiration from the landscape Myers creates an iconic expression that serves to enhance sense of community by instilling expression of permanence including the desire for responsible management of water and restoration of natural systems within the urban context. Nature is a mirror, in a way its inclusion is a self portrait of connection to nature and the livability of our cultural centers.