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The Nature of Art

Watershed Sculpture on the Truckee and Carson Rivers

The Nature Conservancy in Nevada is partnering with the Nevada Museum of Art’s Center for Art + Environment on a new project with watershed sculpture artists, Daniel McCormick and Mary O’Brien. The Nature of Art will feature the creation and installation of large-scale, on-the-ground restoration and habitat-centric natural sculptures which will be a part of the restoration efforts at two Conservancy preserves in Nevada. Plan your visit to River Fork Ranch now to see the sculptures>

The Nature of Art project installations began in spring 2014 at the Conservancy’s River Fork Ranch Preserve in the Carson Valley, where the artists have created a large network of fascines in the flood plain. ''Live staked" willows are woven into the sculpture and are designed to sprout and grow. 

The installation will continue in the fall at the McCarran Ranch Preserve on the Truckee River east of Reno where the artists will work with Conservancy scientists to create environmental sculptures that will intercept flood waters and others that will enhance habitat areas.

The ongoing aspects of these projects allow the artists to inquire into present day relationships between community, land and water, and to investigate ways in which they influence each other. These inquiries will be the subject of an exhibition at the Center for Art + Environment at the Nevada Museum of Art in Reno slated to open later in December 2014.

A Community Effort

This innovative project will highlight the connection between art and conservation with current supporters of both organizations, as well as with the public. Further, the work will provide opportunities to individuals, partners and corporations in the community through signature volunteer events and educational talks. To date, we have scheduled volunteer events with Starbucks Roasting Plant, Harrah’s Caesars Entertainment, General Electric, local schools and other community groups. The Nature of Art is supported by the J. Robert Anderson Memorial Fund. Make a donation to support our work in Nevada now>

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