Sunday, September 7, 2008

Green, Greener, Greenest

In this climate of ever-increasing gas, food, and energy prices, more and more people are looking to “go green.” Two Aprils ago, speaker Charles Landry espoused a ton of ideas that could be used to turn Jacksonville into a really thriving, vibrant city. One of his ideas counseled that artists are a completely underutilized resource; that artists, by virtue of their/our problem-solving abilities, are used to finding unexpected applicable and somewhat practical solutions to problems.

So today, when this notice from the Tampa Museum of Art rolled across my desk, I thought, especially in the context of quite a bit of the work being made in Jacksonville, that it was/is an appropriate suggestion:

It’s Not Easy being Green, thru September 23

In late March of this year, artists, designers, architects, and developers interested in making a positive difference in both their lives and their communities were invited to submit design schemes, art works, or commercial products that provided real solutions for people to live better, healthier lives with less impact on the environment for display in It’s Not Easy Being Green. The resulting exhibition showcases not only conceptual drawings and sketches, but actual artwork and design products that offer community members information, ideas, solutions, and motivation to live sustainably.

The exhibition is divided into three subdivisions. The first portion explores urban design issues such as housing, energy, transportation, and land use, while the second section exhibits environmentally friendly products ranging from custom eco furniture to commercial objects made from recycled/salvaged materials. The final section features fine art created by artists who address issues of sustainability, activism and/or environmental concerns in their work. 

Other works in It’s Not Easy Being Green include models and conceptual drawings that explore modern prefabrication techniques for multi-family housing in Tampa, landscape designs for a proposed museum of contemporary art linked to the historic water pump building in Tampa, and a planned mixed-use community that ties sustainable design with mass transit.

As a side note, Amtrak journeys from Jax to Tampa for about $40.00. Of course, that still leaves the challenge of getting all the way out to the MLK to the station…

Tampa Museum of Art
2306 N. Howard Avenue
Tampa, FL 33607
(813) 274-8130

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