The Bellevue Sculpture Exhibition broke with tradition this year, adopting a theme for the first time. However, art historian Susan Olds says "Sculpted Green," which focuses on people's and artists' connections to the environment, is consistent with a kind of art that's been around for a very long time.
Environmental art has a long history, going all the way back to Stonehenge, the carved heads on Easter Island and monumental earth mounds. Olds, who has led education and outreach at the Bellevue Arts Museum, explores environmental art in an illustrated lecture -- "What on Earth?" -- at the Bellevue Regional Library, Monday, Sept. 8, at 7 p.m.
In the lecture, envrionmental art from ancient times to the present will be examined in relation to Bellevue's latest sculpture exhibition. Take a virtual tour of sacred geometry in art, the historical use of organic and recycled materials and contemporary artists' responses to sustainability and living "off the grid."
In addition to artists participating in the Sculpted Green exhibition, artists to be presented include Christo, Andy Goldsworthy, Dennis Oppenheim, Jean Tinguely, James Turrell, Wolfgang Laib and Krzysztof Wodiczko. Catalogs of the "Sculpted Green" exhibition will be provided.
This event is sponspored by the Bellevue Public Art Program and Bellevue Friends of the Library. The Bellevue Regional Library is located at 1111 110th Ave. NE, with directions available on the library website.
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