Lectures

Dark Garden

On Tuesday, November 11 at 7pm, artist Linda Huey will discuss her installation, “Dark Garden,” which is currently on view in the lobby of the Institute of Science.

“Dark Garden” addresses environmental issues. It reflects our culture’s ambiguous relationship toward nature, and questions what we want to see versus what we don’t want to see. Normally a garden is a place of beauty and refuge that draws us in, but upon closer inspection problems are revealed in this somber garden. For example, there are caged birds, graffiti with chemical formulas, broken antennas, barbed wire, skeletons, leaves infested with cars, decaying gnomes, bat-like fairies the color of oil, and actual nails and bolts fired into a clay flower. The plant forms rise from ripped clay slabs that appear to be composed of fossilized trash and computer parts, envisioning a future Earth covered with artifacts from our disposable economy that eventually become fossils millions of years from now.

A refusal to accept the scientific consequences of pollution is already bringing many changes to the world as we know it. Art can involve not just the scientific facts, but an emotional and visceral reaction as well.

Linda Huey’s lecture and “Dark Garden” are free with admission.