The work of Japanese-born artist Reiko Goto has encompassed large multi-year ecological art projects with her frequent collaborator Tim Collins and others, as well as smaller more intimate installations designed to reveal natural processes and encourage discussion. Her work is international in scope yet also very local, often to the point of highlighting a specific insect or plant species as a subject for celebration and inquiry. Her art explores a form of "radical democracy" which creates entry points for the public into a much larger engagement with the human and non-human world.
Goto's large-scale collaborative initiatives in the Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania area, through Carnegie Mellon University's STUDIO for Creative Inquiry, include projects such as "Nine Mile Run" and "3 Rivers 2nd Nature" which involved working with artist Tim Collins, and numerous specialists to help "citizens and decision makers understand the evolving opportunities of our post-industrial waterfront." These multi-year projects included extensive research and public educational components as well as brownfields restoration projects and gallery installations highlighting the cultural and ecological history of the region.
Other public projects in downtown San Francisco, California, and Aachen, Germany and have highlighted underground waterways and created urban . .(Read more)
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