Smithsonian Institution
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Smithsonian Center for Folklife and Cultural Heritage Arts in Conservation Education

Waterworks Gardens

Environmental artist Lorna Jordan emphasizes the connection between land, systems, and people. Her artworks range from green infrastructures that enhance watersheds, and reveal the cycles and mysteries of water, to site-specific sculptural pavilions, and gathering places that embody progressions of form, to media artworks that incorporate light and projections. All use changing cycles, and the drama of animated sequences to heighten our experiences of the environment. Waterworks Gardens, one of Jordan’s many works, illustrates the connection between communities and sustainable land through its eight-acre earth/water sculpture. Like Waterworks Gardens, Jordan’s projects often have functional aspects to them: they treat water, use recycled materials, generate energy, improve habitat, and incorporate drought-tolerant plantings. Moreover, they are expressive and connect communities to the systems that sustain them. Through her environmental art for public spaces, Jordan engages people in conservation and invites them to participate in the artwork itself. For more information please visit
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