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Warner College atrium gets a new look

November 3, 2008

Warner College of Natural Resources is partnering with the university's Department of Art to create an educational experience for students with an art exhibit in the Warner College's redesigned Atrium Eco-Gallery.

The atrium has received a new look and now art from faculty and alumni will be on display in the space to highlight a sense of culture and community. The Atrium Eco-Gallery is one of the tallest indoor exhibit spaces in the city of Fort Collins.

Climate change and sustainability

Various types of art will be exhibited to complement the existing plant displays located in the Atrium Eco-Gallery. The art pieces and plants express ideas of climate change and sustainability and the resulting collaboration of creativity reflects the natural resources of the state of Colorado.

Mary-Ann Kokoska, an associate professor from the art department will be displaying her installation piece, "Surfacing," as well as several large format drawings.

This installation is comprised of four large drawings on transparent and translucent mylar, four feet high and extending 15 -20 feet in length. Together they form a series that reflects her experience of swimming in a wilderness lake.

The Department of Art is also displaying two bronze pieces from its graduate collection. Both are derived from wood. One is an arrangement of sticks and the other is mainly comprised of bark collected after a forest fire. Both pieces were then directly cast into bronze.

Unique collaboration of sight, smells, sounds and creativity

The exhibit is a unique collaboration of sight, smells, sounds and creativity. The atrium includes two large planters that were designed within the building. The planters are filled with Colorado native plants representing two ecosystems, Colorado riparian forest and southern Colorado dry sagebrush landscapes.

As people walk by the atrium, the fresh smell of various plants fill the air and the sound of water and birds chirping complete a nature experience.

Thanks to many contributors

All Colorado native plants were donated by Rocky Mountain Native Plants, and Little Valley Wholesale Nursery and Colorado Forest Service. The watering system and sprinklers were donated by BathNursery. The beds are maintained by the Live Green Community at Summit Hall as part of their dedication to sustainable ecosystems in Colorado. Many of the plants will need dormancy for their lifecycle so Live Green now has a partnership with Poudre Valley Schools and the city of Fort Collins to help school children plant native plants at their schools.

Contact: Kimberly Sorensen
Phone: (970) 491-0757