LANDLAB

LandLab is an environmental art residency program that integrates art, ecological restoration, and public engagement, and is a joint project of the Schuylkill Center and the Center for Emerging Visual Artists (CFEVA).  Support for LandLab is provided by the Knight Foundation, the National Endowment for the Arts, the Dolfinger-McMahon Foundation and the William Penn Foundation. This project was supported in part by the Pennsylvania Partners in the Arts program of the Pennsylvania Council on the Arts, a state agency funded by the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania and the National Endowment for the Arts, a federal agency. Support also provided by PECO. This program is administered regionally by the Greater Philadelphia Cultural Alliance.

Jake Beckman explored the detritus and soil formation cycle of a forest and its disruption by invasive earthworms, creating a sculptural installation that makes these hidden processes visible to visitors. His wooden sculptural installation “Future Non-Object #1: Sol’s Reprise” is inoculated with local fungal spores, which will break down the sculpture over time and enrich soil health.

FUTURE NON-OBJECT #1: SOL’S REPRISE

WE THE WEEDS (a collaboration of artist Kaitlin Pomerantz and botanist Zya Levy) created a woven installation constructed from invasive vines, simultaneously encouraging dialog about the global movement of plants and removing hazardous invasive species from the forest. They harvested and wove with invasive vines on two large hand-built looms with SCEE visitors of all ages. The completed weavings were installed as one large work, called “Interwoven,” in a vine-dominated meadow at SCEE, where the living vines consume their tapestried counterparts.

INVASIVE VINES