Roberley Bell  

Locus Amoenus

Chain link with powder coating, welded and forged polychrome steel urns, and weathered cast-plaster birds with tree trunk
July–October 2016
Tifft Nature Preserve, Buffalo, NY

The sculptures in Locus Amoenus, draw attention to the significant human interventions necessary to protect and maintain the fragile ecosystem at the Tifft Nature Preserve.

The most prevalent mature trees at Tifft are shallow rooting and short-lived, making them vulnerable to strong winds coming off Lake Erie. In an effort to diversify and protect the landscape and tree canopy at the Preserve, more than 2,000 long-lived native species have been planted to provide a more diverse and sustainable ecosystem. These young trees are vulnerable, especially to the roaming deer population at the preserve. In an attempt by man to protect these young trees, their trunks are surrounded by a “cage”.

Locus Amoenus relies on the dramatic and unexpected usage of color and materials in the landscape to bring awareness to the necessary intervention by man, focusing attention on the fragility of Tifft Preserve.

Locus Amoenus press release
Locus Amoenus - Buffalo Spree
Locus Amoenus - The Public

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