SILOS is inspired by the 100,000 year old living fossils and endangered species, the Metasequoia glyptostroboides (Dawn Redwood). The Metasequoia are currently the foundation of international climate change research. The species was thought to be extinct until 1940, when it was re-discovered in central China.
The Metasequoia was on the edge of extinction due to genetic bottlenecking, their isolation having weakened them near the point of collapse. The seeds were collected for forty plus years in south central China by the first ever Sino-American tree conservation collaboration. Those seeds yielded the largest genetically diverse plantation of this tree species outside of China. The Metasequoia assist understanding climate trends and illustrate the benefit of diverse genetics.
In a natural space a collection of 30+ free standing fabric cylinders (proposed twelve-nine feet, three feet diameter) will be installed. Visitors will be encouraged to walk around and inside the silos. The placement of the silos is an interpretation of a seed collecting map of south central China, it is a walking map.
BENEFITS of SILOS
- art accessible (free) for all
- promoting community vs isolation
- dedication for positive relationships across the globe
- catalyst for awareness about climate change and tree conservation
GRANGE INSURANCE AUDUBON CENTER, COLUMBUS OH
MARCH 2, 2023 - APRIL 23, 2023
Reception: March 2, 6-8PM