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.

Friday, July 19, 2013


By Esther Rogers

*Constantly in the back of my mind,are miscellaneous disorganized tidbits.
-disorganized tidbits of ruminating about this Colorado trip...
H asked if four corners was where the kivas are.
Kiva: "A large underground or partly underground room in a Pueblo Indian village, used chiefly for religious 
ceremonies." In what ways will learning about the tradition of spiritual practice by the Anasazi and Pueblo - so intricately connected with the famous kiva structures themselves - influence my music, or my own faith?
Cluster harmonics/Singing or tonalizing while playing cello/Sounds of wind, echoes/Resonances. "Esther and Scubba in a canyon creating/composing melodic lines ready for orchestration at a later date..." (B)
*"The problem with Tompkins wasn't his plan to save the land, it was his plan to freeze the people in place. The conflation of a natural ecosystem with a 'natural' culture was dangerous, it condemned the Chileans to not becoming what they might become." (Patrick Symmes) How will I participate in wilderness preservation but also contribute to a modern, current art?
Music stand. Can I borrow a music stand from someone in the area community rather than packing mine? (for when I'm not on site)
Zoom recorder. G says I have to learn to control the amount of conversion...

How many snacks will I need to pack for my 2 day journey on the train?? 

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