By Leslie Sobel
As I get ready to head out to Canyons of the Ancients where I'm one of the artists in residence in September our local paper did a nice profile on me and my planned project. I'm looking forward to drawing, writing, photographing and mapping in preparation for more formal studio pieces after I return.
I've been reading and thinking and seeing obvious parallels between the ancestral Puebloans who left SW Colorado in the 13th century when the climate changed and became dryer, making a harsh climate untenable and what we're facing today with climate change. I'm looking forward to learning more about what is known about how these people moved throughout the southwest as understood through their pottery, their architecture and their cliff art.
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.