Westbrook Artists’ Site (WAS)
The Westbrook Artists’ Site (WAS) explores the continuity between rural and urban contexts. If the rural is typically viewed as what was left behind in the process of urbanization, WAS insists, to the contrary, that rural life and landscape need to be seen as vital parts of a system that is urban and rural. WAS cultivates art and design as purposeful interventions within such an interconnected system. The WAS project mission challenges participants to find and explore the connective tissue binding rural and urban worlds and to create modes of address that speak from a rural landscape to both rural and urban audiences.
Our spring foraging excursions will be highlighted by group excursion on April 15th. Please visit our Foraging Notes pages for more information.
A spring burn is planned in collaboration with For Lands Sake! to occur between March 14th and 19th. We will update as the date draws near. The burn will be open to the public for observation. Please contact us for more information if you are interested in joining us.
Updated - The TPOS Midwest Fire Conference page is active. The image above is from a 3d digital rendering of one of the Bur oak trees at WAS. Workshop by Jack Phillips at the Fire Conference illuminated relationship of each Oak tree to a particular location. Your Bur Oak is not my Bur Oak. The taxonomy that reflects the specific rhizosphere and genetic diversity of our Bur Oak is better reflected by the local names provided by the Ioway people, Bútugaiŋe; Násewe.
Colors of the Prairie
Inspired by conversation at the Rural Art convening with Chicken Tractor it was time for new Prairie Swatch. This is the second posting of our prairie swatches composed of colors sampled from local flora. Prairie Swatch S16B Gooseberry JL (Gooseberry in eight shades per July). We will begin posting more swatches on our site page.