3 Rivers 2nd Nature, 2000–2005: Water, Land & Dialogue

Tim Collins


3 Rivers 2nd Nature, 2000–2005: Water, Land & Dialogue was a five year artist-initiated and artist-led research project that examined the aesthetic form, function and values underpinning the meaning of nature in Allegheny County, which has Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania at its centre. The goal was to foster the development of a new public paradigm of entitlement and care for the green infrastructure of urban settings.
     The project focussed upon the changing ecologies of post-industrial waterfronts and stream valleys. Providing an overview of the theory and method that inform this research, this paper describes the integration of practical work on water and land issues with a cultural dialogue that was at the same time local and international. The conclusion describes the real impact of the project.
     Read in relationship to Lora Senechal Carney’s paper on Nine Mile Run, this analysis of a practice-led approach to research is interrogated through critical distance as well as critical proximity. It is an ideal situation when the work engenders such scrutiny.


art & the environment; collaborative art; art and interdisciplinary collaboration

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