A Wilderness Science and Art Collaboration

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.

Monday, June 3, 2013

Looking Ahead

By Jeremy Underwood

The residency on Monomoy National Wildlife Refuge is just a few weeks away and I feel my anticipation building.  As I make my way to the East Coast and the more densely populated area of the country, I can’t help but contemplate how we negotiate the natural world in a contemporary society.  I recently read that human beings now have a larger impact on the landscape than rain, a testament to the influence of man on this world. 

I’ve posted an image of a photo I took the other day on my travels that details a polluted stream next to an old coalmine.  It reminded me the importance of environmental stewardship in this world.  The Aldo & Leonardo Residency is one piece of that puzzle and I am excited to be a part of it. 

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