Photo essay: Schuylkill Center for Environmental Education’s Making in Place

Art camps out

Making in Place is a lot like summer camp for works of art. Sculptures, photographs, and other pieces created in 2016 on the banks of the Schuylkill River will spend this summer at the Schuylkill Center for Environmental Education (SCEE).

Leah Reynolds adapted 'Scant Refuge' (2017) from a piece created beneath the Market Street Bridge. (All photos by Pamela J. Forsythe.)

The works were produced over three days in May 2016 through Art in the Open, a biennial citywide event in which artists create outdoors. Some pieces have simply been relocated to the Schuylkill Center, a 340-acre urban wilderness in Philadelphia’s Roxborough section, while others have been adapted for the site. One work, Sau Pines (2016) by Aaron Asis, was created specifically for the center. Fourteen artists are represented in SCEE’s gallery, forests, and fields and along its trails.

Making in Place explores how we establish and define spaces, use and reuse materials, and are influenced by sound as we experience a place. As visitors wander the outdoor portion of the exhibit, they can access a soundscape of field recordings, vocal interpretation, and other sounds by Jane Carver. Carver will perform at SCEE on July 20, 2017. Another Making in Place participant, Marian Howard, will offer a photography course on July 8, 2017. 

Leah Reynolds's 'Scant Refuge' is a meditation on homelessness, displacement, and the creation of safe space. Cuts in the fabric improve wind resistance and provide views.
Leah Reynolds's 'Scant Refuge' is a meditation on homelessness, displacement, and the creation of safe space. Cuts in the fabric improve wind resistance and provide views.

Aaron Asis created 'Sau Pines' (2017) for SCEE’s pine grove, planted in the 1970s with the intention of growing trees for lumber. The center later reconsidered and let the trees grow.
Aaron Asis created 'Sau Pines' (2017) for SCEE’s pine grove, planted in the 1970s with the intention of growing trees for lumber. The center later reconsidered and let the trees grow.

Asis placed pink bands around trees to show where they would have been cut.
Asis placed pink bands around trees to show where they would have been cut.

Cayla Lockwood's 'Magic Rocks' (2017) display an LED-powered message that lights up as darkness falls:
Cayla Lockwood's 'Magic Rocks' (2017) display an LED-powered message that lights up as darkness falls: "We Have Power Unrealized."

Oki Fukunaga makes prisms from clothes hangers. 'Three Hanger Crystals' (2017) nests in trees. Fukunaga combines common items into unexpected and beautiful things, and believes the same happens when people come together.
Oki Fukunaga makes prisms from clothes hangers. 'Three Hanger Crystals' (2017) nests in trees. Fukunaga combines common items into unexpected and beautiful things, and believes the same happens when people come together.

Nature creates its own works of art among those placed at the Schuylkill Center by humans, and these are on exhibit year round.
Nature creates its own works of art among those placed at the Schuylkill Center by humans, and these are on exhibit year round.

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