Flora and Fauna at Maiden Rock (2007)

My Flora and Fauna at Maiden Rock interactive art piece was designed for Swansong Contemporary Arts Gallery, an eco-arts gallery initiative on the Mississippi River flyway in western Wisconsin, to showcase elements of this significant ecosystem. While making gallery visitors aware of the natural beauty in the local environment around them, it also invites them to become participants in the work by arranging their own compositions of plants and animals, and outputting favorites as postcard prints. They “play” the interface by clicking and dragging sliders to generate random patterns of flora and fauna from a set of arrays that include vector illustrations I created. The assorted flowers and birds that are generated can then be positioned and removed. Results can range from very representational to wildly abstract depending upon numbers selected and pure chance. Individuals are invited to output postcard-sized prints of their creations as a keepsake.

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My Flora and Fauna at Maiden Rock interactive art piece was designed for Swansong Contemporary Arts Gallery, an eco-arts gallery initiative on the Mississippi River flyway in western Wisconsin, to showcase elements of this significant ecosystem. While making gallery visitors aware of the natural beauty in the local environment around them, it also invites them to become participants in the work by arranging their own compositions of plants and animals, and outputting favorites as postcard prints. They “play” the interface by clicking and dragging sliders to generate random patterns of flora and fauna from a set of arrays that include vector illustrations I created. The assorted flowers and birds that are generated can then be positioned and removed. Results can range from very representational to wildly abstract depending upon numbers selected and pure chance. Individuals are invited to output postcard-sized prints of their creations as a keepsake.

This work is site-specific, and yet it is programmed using modular code so animals and plants from other ecosystems could easily replace the current ones. New sets of illustrations will give each interface a unique aesthetic and customized content to inform viewers of other unique places on earth and the flora and fauna that inhabit them. At present, a new version of this work is being considered by the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources for a touch screen kiosk at a naturalist station in the State Park system.

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