© Patricia Johanson, 1981-1986. Fair Park Lagoon, Dallas, Texas. Pteris Multifida, 225' x 112'
x 12', gunite, plants and animals.
Artist Patricia Johanson is internationally known for her ecologically and artistically
innovative design. The Fair Park Lagoon project in Dallas,
Texas combined the arts and ecological sciences to restore a degraded
natural area. Johanson's design created curving pathways with small
outcroppings to serve as overlooks and public seating areas, while
also setting the ecological restoration of the area in motion. Fair
Park Lagoon was eventually adopted by the Dallas Museum of Natural
History as a living exhibit. Johanson is now working on a new project,
the Ellis Creek Water Recycling Facility and Petaluma Wetlands Park,
located in Petaluma, California. Johanson's original drawings,
blueprints and plans are on display, along with an arial photo of the
project under construction. Consisting of a series of ponds designed to clean
wastewater while providing recreational opportunities and restoring
the ecological viability of the project site, the Ellis Creek Water
Recycling Facility and Petaluma Wetlands Park covers more than 300
acres. Johanson's work is
innovative and visionary. This exhibit marks the first time the
original sketches from the Petaluma Project have been shown.
(Johanson is the subject of a book, Art and Survival, published by the Islands Institute in 2006.)
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