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NEW BOOK CHAPTER: Backyard portals: A solutions-oriented approach to understanding and valuing soil.

Posted: March 11, 2019

Pennsylvania artist Stacy Levy and Penn State soil scientist Patrick Drohan teamed up to address the question...."How can we value nature through artistic and scientific methodologies?"...click to read more.

Find their chapter in the new book...

Field to Palette: Dialogues on Soil and Art in the Anthropocene

"Dialogues on Soil and Art in the Anthropocene is an investigation of the cultural meanings, representations, and values of soil in a time of planetary change. The book offers critical reflections on some of the most challenging environmental problems of our time, including land take, groundwater pollution, desertification, and biodiversity loss."

Pennsylvania artist Stacy Levy and Penn State soil scientist Patrick Drohan teamed up to address the question...."How can we value nature through artistic and scientific methodologies? Lead artist on the Acid Mine Drainage and Art project (AMD&ART, 1994–present), Stacy Levy, and director of the Penn State's Soil Characterization Lab, Patrick Drohan, attempt to answer this question based on shared ideas on the kinship between science and art. In a series of e-mails and face-to-face conversations, Levy and Drohan exchanged ideas about the meaning and function of the soil and their own approaches to protecting it. Both agree that when it comes to soil restoration and reclamation, a solutions-oriented approach is just as important as fundamental science and environmental aesthetics."