Elder’s Cove in Dreher Park by Brookner and Ciotti

In 2003-2004 the City of West Palm Beach redesigned the,130 acre Dreher Park, to improve stormwater capacity and enhance recreation areas. Artist team Jackie Brookner and Angelo Ciotti were commissioned to work on art concepts throughout the park and be part of the Design Team.

Brookner and Ciotti created Elders’ Cove, a landscape complex that includes a fourteen foot biosculpture, that uses wetland plants to filter water in one of the park’s new lakes, a viewing dock, wetland habitats, and sculpted mounds that reclaim excavated soil. Other of their concepts include cypress swamp islands that recall the original Everglades ecosystem of the site, a medicinal garden based on Seminole culture designed in consultation with Seminole elders, and native plant restoration.

Elder's Cove by Jackie Brookner and Angelo Ciotti, 2004.  Dreher Park
Elder’s Cove by Jackie Brookner and Angelo Ciotti, 2004. Dreher Park
Elder's Cove by Jackie Brookner and Angelo Ciotti, 2004.  Dreher Park
Elder’s Cove by Jackie Brookner and Angelo Ciotti, 2004. Dreher Park
Seminole Garden, 2004.  Dreher Park
Seminole Garden, 2004. Dreher Park

Jackie Brookner at TEDtalks in Fargo, ND.

“For humans to survive, ecological artist Jackie Brookner says it is not enough to change the ways we fuel, feed, entertain and shelter ourselves. Something much more basic has to happen. We need to mainstream a different understanding of who we are, as individuals and as a species. She calls this “the being of human,” and says it is about the “verbing” of our existence.”

Brookner TED Talk
Brookner TED Talk

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