Led by artist Jann Rosen-Queralt and ecologist Lea Johnson, this WALK will examine the interconnected ecology of the Jones Falls Watershed.
During our walk we will highlight the way species, water and energy move through the landscape. During this event people will be exposed to ecological patterns and processes often overlooked or unseen. We will begin concentrating on nested scales and connections between things that happen locally, experiencing how macro emerges from micro and micro is shaped by macro. Attention to urban stream headwaters, native plants and animals (i.e. yellow crowned night herons) that survive and thrive in cities will bring this into view.
Meeting Point: Druid Reservoir Loop (Jones Falls Trail-East Coast Greenway) near the construction fence at the sign, "THE NEW DRUID LAKE - WOODLAND WALK, across East Drive from the basketball court and on the same side of the drive near the tennis courts
This walk is hosted by Maryland Institute of Contemporary Art.
Jann Rosen-Queralt is an independent artist and Director of the Rinehart School of Sculpture at the Maryland Institute College of Art (MICA). Her focus is on environmental sculpture and public art, integrating the diverse fabric of urban areas and maintaining ecological sensitivity while revealing the character and locale of each site. Relationships centering our reliance upon water, its forms of beauty and its finite supply have inspired her award-winning public art commissions. A sample includes a rain garden at Powhatan Springs Park, Arlington, VA.; a sound garden in Charlotte, NC., a kinetic sculpture celebrating the influent and effluent at the Brightwater Wastewater Treatment facility and a temporary immersive sculpture for the internationally acclaimed light festival, Light City, in Baltimore, MD. In 2018, she was awarded a Smithsonian Artist Research Fellowship to study the biological habits of mid-water and near-coastal marine creatures.
Lea Johnson is an ecologist who joins basic research in plant ecology with applications to land management and design. She collaborates with land managers to understand the ecology of environments changed by people, and to advance science underpinning successful interventions to improve ecosystem health and functions in an urbanizing world. She is interested in processes that unfold over time, at multiple spatial and temporal scales. Johnson has managed ecological restoration projects, consulted on environmental design with landscape architects, and developed monitoring and research programs to inform long-term land management. With 20 years of experience teaching botany and ecology, she especially enjoys helping people to see plants and ecological processes in everyday life. Her work has taken her to a variety of ecosystems, from the mountains of New Mexico and temperate rainforests of Oregon to the highlands of Guatemala and back woods of New York City. She is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Plant Science and Landscape Architecture at the University of Maryland in College Park.