Fair Park Lagoon

For over twenty years Patricia Johanson has patiently insisted that art can help to heal the earth. For the last ten years she has been creating large-scale projects that posit a radical, yet utterly practical vision. She works with engineers, city planners, scientists and citizens' groups to create her art as functioning infrastructure for modern cities.

Johanson's designs for sewers, parks, and other functional projects not only speak to deep human needs for beauty, culture, and historical memory. She also answers to the needs of birds, insects, fish, animals, and microorganisms. Her art reclaims degraded ecologies and creates conditions that permit endangered species to thrive in the middle of urban centers.... Using the structures of nature as a way of thinking, she reconciles delicacy with strength, generosity with power, and creativity with consequence.

— Caffyn Kelley, Preface to Art and Survival

Recent Exhibitions
Patricia Johanson: The World as a Work of Art
Museum Het Domein Sittard, The Netherlands
Ends of the Earth: Land Art to 1974
Museum of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles and Haus der Kunst, Munich
About the Artist
Timeline Biography: 1940-1967 | 1968-1970 | 1971-1994 | 1995-2003
Patricia Johanson's House and Garden Commission
by Xin Wu, Harvard University Press
Fair Park Lagoon, Dallas, Texas
Ellis Creek Water Recycling Facility, Petaluma, California
Endangered Garden, San Francisco, California
Sugar House Pedestrian Crossing, Salt Lake City, Utah
Ulsan Park, South Korea
French Embassy Garden Design, New York, New York

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