Regeneration

THEATER OF REGENERATION From the Everglades to the Atlantic Ocean, Broward County’s eleven eco-communities are in peril—urban sprawl and massive drainage projects are threatening the county’s health and sense of place. In response, an Environmental Art Master Plan calls for the regeneration of Broward County’s natural and built realms. The plan raises awareness of what is being lost and proposes an Art Network of systems, sites, and events connecting people to the environment through an experience of art. The landscape tells a story—through its palimpsest of layers—about the loops of social and ecological processes that leave their marks over time. This theater of forces plays upon the landscape, obscuring and revealing what has come before. At any one moment, each of us can experience this palimpsest of layers while also playing a part in the vast performance of flows being recorded on the land. In reviewing the forces that have shaped the county, three themes begin to emerge as we think about conceptualizing, locating, and linking art projects that become both stage set and player in the unfolding drama of landscape ecology. The drama and dynamics set in motion by the interplay of layers, loops, and lenses will yield a Theater of Regeneration. The goal is to immerse people in the changing nature of the landscape by expressing the performative aspect of social and ecological processes. Places can be memory theaters that trigger internal emotions and narratives. With the commingling of the fictive and the real, the theater of the landscape allows people to participate in creating the story and to decide how they wish to experience it.

Cover of 57 page Broward County Environmental Art Master Plan

This is the cover of an Art Plan for Broward County called “A Theater of Regeneration”. The Art Plan is part of a $400 million bond issue which aims to: (1) preserve and reclaim approximately 1,425 acres of conservation land, green space and open space and (2) repair and enhance the County’s aging park system. The Art Plan conceptualizes, locates, and links a series of environmental art projects that become both stage set and player in the unfolding drama of landscape ecology. Focusing on the story of water from everglades to ocean, the projects weave together three themes: layers of meaning, loops of physical and process-based connections, and lenses of jewel-like artworks, performances, and activities. The drama and dynamics set in motion by this interplay will yield “A Theater of Regeneration”.

“Broward County’s Eco-Communities”

This graphic from the Art Plan shows Broward County’s ten eco-communities including beach. coastal strand, scrub, hammock, mangrove, everglades, pine flatwoods, and city. Recommended artworks draw upon the eco-communities in which they are located. “A Theater of Regeneration” is part of a $400 million bond issue which aims to: (1) preserve and reclaim approximately 1,425 acres of conservation land, green space and open space and (2) repair and enhance the County’s aging park system. The Art Plan conceptualizes, locates, and links a series of environmental art projects that become both stage set and player in the unfolding drama of landscape ecology. Focusing on the story of water from everglades to ocean, the projects weave together three themes: layers of meaning, loops of physical and process-based connections, and lenses of jewel-like artworks, performances, and activities. The drama and dynamics set in motion by this interplay will yield “A Theater of Regeneration”.

“Broward County’s Water”

This graphic shows water as a major presence in Broward County: the crashing surf of the ocean to the east; the oozing of the canals, waterways and storm- and wastewater systems throughout; the silence of the underground rivers and aquifers, and the bubbling of the springs and upwellings that bring them to light; the planar flow of the Everglades to the west; and the storms with the splatter of rains and thunderous downpours that fund the whole system. The Art Plan recommends projects that consider water within greenways, parks, habitats, and cities. The “Theater of Regeneration” Art Plan is part of a $400 million bond issue that pertains to conservation land, green space, open space, and parks. The Art Plan conceptualizes, locates, and links a series of environmental art projects that become both stage set and player in the unfolding drama of landscape ecology.

“Artwork Typologies & Goals”

This graphic depicts the recommended artwork typologies and goals within the “Theater of Regeneration” Art Plan. The Art Plan is part of a $400 million bond issue which aims to: (1) preserve and reclaim approximately 1,425 acres of conservation land, green space and open space and (2) repair and enhance the County’s aging park system. The Art Plan conceptualizes, locates, and links a series of environmental art projects that become both stage set and player in the unfolding drama of landscape ecology. Focusing on the story of water from everglades to ocean, the projects weave together three themes: layers of meaning, loops of physical and process-based connections, and lenses of jewel-like artworks, performances, and activities. The drama and dynamics set in motion by this interplay will yield “A Theater of Regeneration”.

“Conceptual Lenses – Zone Diagram”

This is a concept diagram of the lenses within “A Theater of Regeneration”. The loops are pathways and process-based connections and the lenses are jewel-like artworks, performances, and activities. The Art Plan is part of a $400 million bond issue which aims to: (1) preserve and reclaim approximately 1,425 acres of conservation land, green space and open space and (2) repair and enhance the County’s aging park system. The Art Plan conceptualizes, locates, and links a series of environmental art projects that become both stage set and player in the unfolding drama of landscape ecology. Focusing on the story of water from everglades to ocean, the projects weave together three themes: layers of meaning, loops of physical and process-based connections, and lenses of jewel-like artworks, performances, and activities. The drama and dynamics set in motion by this interplay will yield “A Theater of Regeneration”.

“Loop Network Diagram”

This is a concept diagram of the loops within “A Theater of Regeneration”. The loops are pathways and process-based connections and the lenses are jewel-like artworks, performances, and activities. The Art Plan is part of a $400 million bond issue which aims to: (1) preserve and reclaim approximately 1,425 acres of conservation land, green space and open space and (2) repair and enhance the County’s aging park system. The Art Plan conceptualizes, locates, and links a series of environmental art projects that become both stage set and player in the unfolding drama of landscape ecology. Focusing on the story of water from everglades to ocean, the projects weave together three themes: layers of meaning, loops of physical and process-based connections, and lenses of jewel-like artworks, performances, and activities. The drama and dynamics set in motion by this interplay will yield “A Theater of Regeneration”.

“Landscape as Laboratory”

Landscape as Laboratory—The Art of Green Infrastructure is one of fifteen artwork projects and/or typologies in Theater of Regeneration. The Art Plan conceptualizes, locates, and links a series of environmental art projects that become both stage set and player in the unfolding drama of landscape ecology. Focusing on the story of water from everglades to ocean, the projects weave together three themes: layers of meaning, loops of physical and process-based connections, and lenses of jewel-like artworks, performances, and activities. The drama and dynamics set in motion by this interplay will yield a Theater of Regeneration.

“Building as Laboratory”

Building as Laboratory—The Art of Green Building is one of fifteen artwork projects and/or typologies in Theater of Regeneration. The Art Plan conceptualizes, locates, and links a series of environmental art projects that become both stage set and player in the unfolding drama of landscape ecology. Focusing on the story of water from everglades to ocean, the projects weave together three themes: layers of meaning, loops of physical and process-based connections, and lenses of jewel-like artworks, performances, and activities. The drama and dynamics set in motion by this interplay will yield a Theater of Regeneration.

“Ephemeral & Performance Art ”

Ephemeral & Performance Art—Species and Habitats is one of fifteen artwork projects and/or typologies in Theater of Regeneration. The Art Plan conceptualizes, locates, and links a series of environmental art projects that become both stage set and player in the unfolding drama of landscape ecology. Focusing on the story of water from everglades to ocean, the projects weave together three themes: layers of meaning, loops of physical and process-based connections, and lenses of jewel-like artworks, performances, and activities. The drama and dynamics set in motion by this interplay will yield a Theater of Regeneration.

“Phenomenological Art”

Phenomenological Art—Natural Processes and Phenomena is one of fifteen projects and/or typologies in Theater of Regeneration. The Art Plan conceptualizes, locates, and links a series of environmental art projects that become both stage set and player in the unfolding drama of landscape ecology. Focusing on the story of water from everglades to ocean, the projects weave together three themes: layers of meaning, loops of physical and process-based connections, and lenses of jewel-like artworks, performances, and activities. The drama and dynamics set in motion by this interplay will yield a Theater of Regeneration.

PROJECT CREDITS:
Lorna Jordan, Planning Team Leader
With Steve Badanes, Wendy Brawer, Steve Moddemeyer, Steve Gates, Becca Hanson, & Winterbottom Design A Project of the Broward County Cultural Affairs Division in association with the Broward County Parks & Recreation Department