How does art function in the human cycle of life? How can art be good for the environment? How does art promote community? We want to answer these questions and more.

Hortisculpture is an interdisciplinary project that combines art and gardening to expand personal and public awareness of art, community action, and environmental issues. We reproduce human feet in clay through a process called press-molding; once made, the feet are “planted” with flowers and vegetables, thereby transforming unused land into a large scale art installation and – eventually – a sustainable garden.

We have a diverse group of collaborators from every corner of the university: Nadia Kellam and Joachim Walther are Professors in the School of Engineering; Susan Varlamoff is the Director of the Office of Environmental Sciences; Tzvi Izaksonas-Smith and Clara Hoag are MFA candidates in Printmaking and Ceramics; Maggie Horacek is a BFA candidate in Sculpture; Stuart Jones in an MA candidate in Landscape Architecture; and Colin Kirk is a BA candidate in Horticulture. By fostering a rich environment for critical thinking and innovation, our group of specialists and community members can expand our personal and public understanding of art, community action, and environmental awareness.