Art Ala Carte: Land DivisionUPDATED 8:17 AM HST Aug 26, 2014Video Transcript
For this morning's Art Ala Carte segment we have architect Sean Connelly. His installation called "land division" is being displayed at the Honolulu Museum of Art -- Next Friday -- to November. Good morning, Sean. Land Division: An Installation by Sean Connelly Honolulu Museum of Art August 29-November 9 www.honolulumuseum.org You are an architect and are now getting your masters in urban planning at Harvard-how did you get involved in doing art installations? You use an interesting material for your work-tell us about that. Answer: Land Division is made of thousands of sticks made from strawberry guava saplings that I and a group of volunteers harvested from different areas in Kaneohe. Then we dried them out, sanded them, and assembled them within a frame to build a seven- foot-tall mass. What is the meaning of Land Division? Answer: It's based on 10 years of research he has been doing on traditional Hawaiian resource management and urban design, and comments on the history and future of watersheds and urban development in Hawai'i. In Hawai'i, watersheds were traditionally managed as an ordered sequence of land divisions that organized continuous space between land, sea, and sky into accessible and productive units of wealth and information. Today's modern approach to land division breaks this continuous space into fragmented land-use districts that fail to adequately protect the land areas around streams-the main conduits of watersheds. Meanwhile, invasive species continue to creep up the mountainsides, degrading the forest ecologies that attract fresh water. As we work to evade the catastrophes of climate change and secure the future of Hawaiian culture, Land Division seeks to help focus our attention to innovate upon the future of watersheds in Hawai'i.