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Newton and Helen Mayer Harrison

Among the leading pioneers of the eco-art movement, the collaborative team of Newton and Helen Mayer Harrison (often referred to simply as “the Harrisons”) have worked for almost forty years with biologists, ecologists, architects, urban planners and other artists to initiate collaborative dialogues to uncover ideas and solutions which support biodiversity and community development.
The Harrison’s concept of art embraces a breathtaking range of disciplines. They are historians, diplomats, ecologists, investigators, emissaries and art activists. Their work involves proposing solutions and involves not only public discussion, but extensive mapping and documentation of these proposals in an art context.
Past projects have focused on watershed restoration, urban renewal, agriculture and forestry issues among others. The Harrisons’ visionary projects have often led to changes in governmental policy and have expanded dialogue around previously unexplored issues leading to practical implementations throughout the United States and Europe.


“The Garden of Hot Winds and Warm Rains, 1995. A Proposal that looks at what mid-Europe particularly Bonn Germany would look like when the temperature raises 3 degrees centigrade. This work, done in 1995, was prophetic and only recently has scientific consensus developed that we are in fact, facing a 3 degree centigrade temperature rise.”
Helen Mayer Harrison and Newton Harrison. Peninsula Europe: The Force Majeur, 2007-08
Distills the problem that Peninsula Europe faces as the drought covers a third of the Peninsula and glaciers melt: a counter-proposal.Ink and oil on canvas. 2 maps: 80 1Ú2 x 92 1Ú2 inches and 80 x 93 1Ú2 inches
Photo: Hermann Feldhaus, Courtesy Ronald Feldman Fine Arts, New York
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