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Sep 3, 2014

Last of the Glaciers

Sunrise at East Flattop Mountain, near St. Mary Lake, Montana
I got to hike the trails of Glacier Park for the first time now in 15 years. It's kind of embarrassing that though I live only a 4 hour drive from this, one of the most beautiful places in the world, I've only been there about 5 or 6 times in my life. This trip I got to hike new trails for me and see new sights that are just knock-you-over-the-head gorgeous! It's not that I don't appreciate the great out-of-doors, but that we have so much of it here in Montana that it's hard to get around to see all the beauty.

Last time I visited the park, one of the sights I recall is getting out of the car, and realizing the fellow emerging from the one next to me was Dustin Hoffman. (We didn't talk- he must not have recognized me.) This time I saw fewer superstars but more bears than I've ever seen there before. Three actually! It's nice to know they can still make a living here because some species are being evicted by climate change. I find it sad that we humans are so cavalier with our garden.

It's sobering to realize that if I wait as long as last time and it's another 15 years before I return, all the glaciers will be gone. The many thousands of years of their existence is coming to an end thanks to human activity. If you have not yet visited Glacier, I suggest you do it soon so you too can brag to your kids, "yes, I have seen a real glacier". I wonder what we'll call it then, Ex-Glacier Park?
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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.