Earth.Science.Art Project

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This collaborative project pairs artists from California's Central Coast and San Francisco Bay Area with scientists from the Santa Cruz-based U.S. Geological Survey's Pacific Marine and Coastal Science Center. The artist create work inspired by scientific research.


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Length: 03:21:00

Location Taken: Santa Cruz, CA, US


When artist and curator Lisa Hochstein discovered that a science center was sharing a wall with an art gallery, she became intrigued by the idea of artists and scientists working together "In order to explore different ways they both study and represent the world". With the help of the R. Blitzer Gallery and the USGS's Pacific Coastal & Marine Science Center, Lisa's idea for collaboration was able to come to fruition in the form of the Earth.Science.Art project , where the art in the gallery was inspired by the scientific research being done just on the other side of the wall. 
Sixteen USGS scientists were paired with sixteen professional artists, with the artists' goal being to create a work inspired by their partners' scientific research. The scientists were instructed to create posters illustrative of their research, to hang beside the art work. 
The ripples in the field study photographs of sedimentologist David Rubin, inspired artist Adam Cardello, due to their mesmerizing gradual repetitive motion. 
Denise Smith felt an emotional connection with Li Erikson's research on how changing climate is redefining the Alaskan coastline, and how those changes affect native populations. 
Artist Jamie Abbott was immediately drawn to Amy Draut's work on the dam removal and river restoration project for the Elwha River in Washington state. 
Artist Helen Golden actually got to work with her own daughter, USGS geographer Nadine Golden.
As a science illustrator, Amadeo Bachar was very excited to be asked to be a part of the Earth.Science.Art project. This piece is based off the research of Patrick Barnard who studies seafloor morphology and sediment movement in the San Francisco Bay.