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May 19, 2009

Land of Loveliness


A remarkable thing has happened here. It's not just that the tulips that were planted last month by the thousands in the traffic islands and little plots around the city have now been dug up and replaced with the next series of blooming flowers. But in seeming coordination, the woods that were brown all winter, then suddenly came alive with an amazing carpet of green have again suddenly bloomed with millions of white flowers! It is so surreal to enter the dark canopy of leafed-out trees and into a white carpet! (Notice in the very center is a deer bedded in the flowers).

I'll often run at dawn, first past a lovely row of houses, a manor house with its statues and gorgeous wrought iron gate, through intoxicating smells flooding the empty street from the bakery, past a village church and the 1750 wineries and up the cobbled road flanking a huge park. I turn into a vacant lot (a forest laced with a trail and run through the trees about a kilometer before returning home). This morning I passed all of two cars– here in one of the major cities in Europe. Amazing!
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I'm a sculptor/filmmaker living in Montana, USA. I am using art to move the evolution of humanity forward into an increasingly responsive, inclusive and interactive culture. As globalization flattens peoples into a capitalist monoculture I hope to use my art to celebrate historical cultural differences and imagine how we can co-create a rich future together.

I see myself as an artist/philosopher laboring deep in the mines of joy. I've had a good long career of exhibiting work around the world and working on international outreach projects, most notably being the first American to be invited to present a one-person exhibit in the Hermitage Museum. Recently I have turned my attention from simply making metal sculpture to creating films and workshops for engaging communities directly, tinkering with the very ideas and mechanisms behind cultural transformation. I feel that as we face tragic world crises, if the human species favors our imaginative and creative capacities we can cultivate a rich world to enjoy.

For me the deepest satisfaction in making art comes in engaging people's real life concerns rather than providing simple entertainment or decoration. Areas of conflict or tension are particularly ripe for the kind of transformative power that art uniquely carries. I invite any kind of challenge that serves people on a deep level.