Thursday, September 6, 2012

Water Works by Basia Irland

[NOTE: Reception, Artist Lecture, and Ice Book Launch
will take place at University of Dayton campus and Great Miami River]

This is a collaboration between University of Dayton and Antioch College, with a return in March 2013 for a three-day intensive immersion experience in Glen Helen, working with Antioch and UD students.

An "ice book" filled with local seeds is set to be launched into the Great Miami River next week as part of an eco artist's residency at the University of Dayton.

"I take blocks of ice and hand carve them into the form of a book, which to me is a very interesting sculptural metaphor for learning and for things that we can know about our environment," said Basia Irland, an eco artist in a weeklong UD residency Sept. 10-14. In preparation for the sculptures, Irland meets with local botanists, plant specialists and community members to determine the best seeds — typically from endangered plant species — to include in the ice book.

"These seeds are embedded into the books, so the seeds themselves form a kind of text," she said. "It is a language of the land, of that particular site."

The highlight of Irland's visit will be a public ice book launch at 4 p.m. Friday, Sept. 14, at the Vietnam Veterans Memorial Park near the Stewart Street Bridge in Dayton, preceded by a bike parade beginning at ArtStreet on campus and ending at the bridge. A public reception and lecture is also planned Thursday evening at the University of Dayton.

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