I spent a season long ago as a botanist on the Carrizo Plain, one of the coolest landscapes I have ever encountered, so I was a bit dismayed this week that it’s National Monument status might be up for revision by the new presidential administration. Then I read that Patagonia (yes, the retailer) was standing up to the attack on monuments (read about it here). It brought to mind one of the most significant and impacting films I have seen about adventure and the environment, 180° South.
I don’t know what is most intriguing about land art. Simply that it is in the outdoors, displaced, making the ecosystem and the natural world the museum by default? Maybe that it draws people out to the most random locations where they can then look back from a completely unlikely vantage point and reflect? Maybe my hope is that it will give people an appreciation for nature. Or perhaps it’s simply that many land art pieces are just extravagantly weird. Like the mirror house near Palm Springs pictured below. It’s a part of DesertX, a different kind of art exhibit, scattered across the entire Coachella Valley. Link to it here. It ends soon, and is so worth the roadtrip.
A short video on the life’s work of one of my heroes:
This Earth Day my be the most crucial since the first one was celebrated back in 1970. Be a part of a local event, or head to Los Angeles for a regional gathering. For more info go here. For inspiration, watch the video:
“There’s the hard work of work itself, and then the hard work of imagining what’s possible…” Those words come at the conclusion of this beautifully written article about poverty and migration and the people who make their living sifting through the refuse of other people’s lives.
One that I wish I had known about and pursued when I was a student: whitewater guide. The major rafting companies offer guide programs programs every year. I recommend OARS. Check them out here.
In the news there is a beautiful story of a river in New Zealand that has been granted the legal status of a person, so that damage done to the river will be punishable as an encroachment on the rights of a human being. Maybe this is the future. Maybe this is what we should have been doing all along. Read about it here.