Grand Rapids Pedestrian Bridge and Temporary Public Art: A Conversation with Nicole Camene

Sep 13, 2019

This morning we had the chance to meet and talk with MN artist Nicole Camene.  Listen to our conversation and read a little more about her work to create a temporary public art installation at the new Grand Rapids pedestrian bridge, just in time for the Rural Arts and Culture Summit coming up October 3-5th, put on by Springboard for the Arts.  Check out the Grand Rapids Arts and Culuture Commission here. 

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Through a grant given by Grand Rapids Arts & Culture Commission and with support from Forecast Public Art I am honored to have the opportunity to create a temporary art installation on the pedestrian bridge near the public library on October 3rd, 2019.

The inspiration for this project developed from learning first about the history and then about the future vision Grand Rapids has planned for its forests and public lands.  Great work is already being accomplished by the city forming tangible partnerships that unite the community, businesses and organizations together in action towards forest conservation and sustainability and these are values that heavily influence my work. 

The intent of my project is to reset awareness around our dependency on trees and to reaffirm our collective responsibility to achieve a more symbiotic relationship with the natural world.  Fungi are a beautiful example of the life cycle of an organism that embodies both concepts in the context of their relationship to trees.  For this project I will be sculpting large scale shelf mushrooms as a representation of the complex role we hold, much like the fungi, in creating and maintaining a state of balance with nature.

Copies of “The Hidden Life of Trees” by Peter Wohlleben and a gift certificate towards the purchase of a tree will be given for free to the public to support community engagement with this project. Supplies will be limited; more information will be provided on Facebook page: Nicole Camene