Aldo & Leonardo, a partnership between Colorado Art Ranch and the Aldo Leopold Wilderness Research Institute, is a project to celebrate the 50th anniversary of the Wilderness Act. The project is inspired by the scientific wisdom of Aldo Leopold and the artistic genius of Leonardo da Vinci. Our endeavor is an interdisciplinary collaboration of artists and scientists designed to celebrate the lands, resources and opportunities protected by the Wilderness Act. In 2013, we are hosting one-month residencies in six diverse wilderness areas. Artists will work alongside wildland research scientists and gain firsthand knowledge of the wonders, complexities and challenges of our nation's wildest places. The result will be a body of work that creatively illustrates the value of wild areas and honors the scientific efforts to preserve wilderness for the next fifty years.
Sunday, June 30, 2013
Letters to a Young Scientist by E.O. Wilson
By Peggy Lawless
E.O. Wilson's latest book, Letters to a Young Scientist, speaks to the importance of projects such as Aldo & Leonardo. In an NPR interview about the book he says, "The ideal scientist thinks like a poet and works like a bookkeeper." He advises young scientists to dream, play with metaphors, and fantasize about possibilities. "Innovators in both literature and science are basically dreamers and storytellers." He proposes that in the remainder of the 21st century the best science will come from the cross-fertilization of disciplines, including the creative arts.