Newton Harrison

The Time of the Force Majeure: 45 Years of Art in the Face of Climate Change

The threat: Like an oncoming storm front, the Force Majeure is a fluid frontier; a frontier of heat moving across the planet; a frontier of water advancing on lands.  It is a frontier from which we retreat, yet within which we must also adapt. The opportunity: Our motto is, Think Globally, Act Globally. We must adapt to the Force Majeure at the scale in which it occurs.  We believe that Art and Science working together can provide key insights and solutions. This can be done – if we re-imagine what’s possible. 

Newton Harrison

Among the leading pioneers of the eco-art movement, the collaborative team of Newton and Helen Mayer Harrison have worked for over forty five years with biologists, ecologists, architects, urban planners and other artists to uncover ideas and solutions which support biodiversity often tuned to community development. 

The Harrison’s concept of art embraces an unusual range of disciplines. They are artists who can function variously as historians, diplomats, ecologists, investigators, and art activists. Their work involves creating with poetic narratives embedded in complex large scale imagery. Their practice often proposes solutions and involves not only public discussion, but also extensive mapping and documentation of these proposals in diverse art contexts.

Past projects have focused on watershed restoration, urban renewal, agriculture and forestry issues among others. Their first global warming works were done in the 1970’s. The Harrisons’ visionary projects have led to changes in governmental policy and expanded dialogue around previously unexplored issues leading to practical implementations in both United States and Europe.