To break the law or go extinct??

I some how just stumbled onto this website when I was looking up information on The Great Smokey Mountains, This article is about how this species of snake is eating animals to survive of course but its eating endangered species of birds and this one species of snake and has caused within a few decades to completely devastate the island’s bird life—causing the extinction of nine out of the 11 native species. The American Bird Conservancy (ABC), one of the country’s top conservation organizations, is fighting to ban the importation of such snakes. If ABC is successful, these snakes will be considered “injurious wildlife” and regulated by the Lacey Act. The Lacey Act made it illegal to transport across state lines any animals or birds killed in violation of state laws.

“Everywhere you look non-native invasive species are undermining the very ecosystems our national parks are intended to protect. Eradication of these pests in parks consume a growing amount of money. With there being no way to guarantee that “pets” will not be released into the wild, the American Bird Conservancy urges that appropriate measures be taken to prevent ecosystems in the United States from going the way of Guam.”(Hepburn)

I just thought it was really intense how that this county is having a debate on what to do with these snakes and how to handle their decreasing population in wildlife birds.


Cookie Cutter Campus

For my final project Kendra and I will be comparing and contrasting Olmstead design campuses across the U.S. and Montevallo.

When we went to the library to learn about the history and design of this campus, we felt strongly about this topic for our project. It was really interesting to learn about what is here and what has been replaced over the years. Montevallo is a true Olmstead design campus with its winding walkways and the scenery to be enjoys from all around. Olmstead was about keeping nature as is and just placing building with in, he didnt want to destroy the natural beauty of the surroundings.’ Olmsted believed the goal wasn’t to make viewers see his work. It was to make them unaware of it. To him, the art was to conceal art. And the way to do this was to remove distractions and demands on the conscious mind. Viewers weren’t supposed to examine or analyze parts of the scene. They were supposed to be unaware of everything that was working. His designs subtly direct movement through the landscape. Pedestrians are led without realizing they’re being led. It’s a strange sensation of feeling lost yet completely confident that you can easily return to your starting point.”(Linderman)

We went back to the library and talked to Carey Heatherely and he helped out a lot with information on Olmstead and where to start looking. He gave us a handful of websites that came in handy when looking up information. (his ideas and a great website about the firm and its architects) (all of the buildings that J. C. Olmsted worked on in the Seattle area, including the University of Washington.

We will be presenting our project in powerpoint form. Starting off with a brief history of Olmstead and his design ethic, plan and theory. We will be comparing three different places to an Olmstead design including Montevallo, Stanford, and Mount Holyoke with Central Park. Comparing the winding paths and getting lost on campus with its beauty and the colors in the trees on your way to class. Contrasting campuses with a different design will be easy to find but the differences in the layout could be a little difficult. You could always find a little Olmstead in any campus I feel like except UAB. Contrasting UAB to Olmstead will be the easiest. The buildings all around and the few patches of landscape are just grass with no trees, Its a depressing campus. With our last slide on our presentation we will discuss the many benefits of having and Olmstead design campus, which include style, scenery, and environmental conservation.

The Epitome of the Sublime Preview

So my final for this course is my search for the ultimate scenery that can be described as sublime. As I have stated in other post before, the idea of the sublime is something that I can not help but find interesting. It makes me wonder how we come to decide what is and is not sublime and for what reasons. This of course is something we talked about in class, but I really wanted to explore the concept further.

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Final Project: Yosemite National Park – An Animation

For my final project for this course, I decided to create an abstract, 3D Animation to represent ideas and themes learned in this course. The resulting animation animation is also part of my BFA Exhibition, “Synthesis.”

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Final Project: An Exploration of How We View Nature

For my final project I created an environmental artwork, and also made a video which documents the piece and provides an explanation of the work and its meaning. During my presentation I will show the video, and hopefully talk about or answer any questions about the piece. Even though the audio in the video is a recording of me reading my artist statement, I have also posted it here for anyone who would like to read it: Continue reading

My final presentation: Human Nature, the impact of this class on my work

For my final presentation, I wrote a paper which I will present to the class along with a power point that describes how this course has influenced my ideas and concepts about my artwork and contributed to my most recent project, my senior exhibition. Hopefully my presentation will work sort of like an artist’s talk, I’ll read my paper aloud and switch through the slides accordingly. Below I have posted the link to my sliderocket, and additionally I will come back and post my paper on googledocs once I have added my citations and all that jazz.

My slides:

My doc:

Footprint in Montevallo

For our final project, Alyssa and I wanted to shed light on the amount of pollution and litter that accumulates along hiking trails. Pollution is a huge issue in our society today, but even in the middle of nature where we hope to enjoy its beauty, you can find stray trash and random items. We created a SlideRocket to present the bulk of the facts and an iMovie to show the more interesting aspect of our project.

Here’s the link to our SlideRocket: