video [and photo] by LHB / senseofplace LAB

Nomadic Nature In Situ: SPRING
“I want my work to find its humble place in the woods, the mountains, in nature.”— Jean Arp

Over  a three month period in the Spring, Liz Harvey has been making site-specific works incorporating photography as a response to the work of Jean Arp. For Nomadic Nature in Situ: SPRING, Liz brought this process to the Lobos Creek valley in the Presidio. Starting with photographs of the valley, she created a  site-responsive work that will be left in the valley subject to processes of change – and chance encounters. Liz’s process is exploring the question: Does Arp’s work, and the notion that abstract forms can somehow communicate spiritual ideas, have resonance today? Her process will bring to viewers a fresh lens through which to consider Spring in the Presidio. An event to share the work took place on June 15, with a 30 min meditation at the beginning.



Nomadic Nature In Situ is a seasonal project curated by senseofplace LAB, in/for the landscape. For 2013, each of the four works in this project will focus on and take place in the Presidio, San Francisco. The works do not interfere with the local ecology, and are temporary. Each piece will contribute to the development of a shared ‘language of place’.

Each season, an artist or artist group will be invited to respond to a landscape/situation chosen for them by senseofplace LAB. This project is primarily an invitation for artists/architects/designers/urban planners/writers to work in response to the landscape as an experimental aspect of their practice, not just  those with backgrounds working in response to the natural environment.

The work the artists create will respond to the environment, and evolve organically through time. Each new work will include an event, and a half an hour meditational sit. The works will be documented by senseofplace LAB every season, and the resulting documentation of all of the projects as a whole after one year will become it’s own work.



Jean Arp
Elementary Construction (According to the Laws of Chance), 1916
15-7/8 x 12 11/16 in.
Kunstmuseum Basel, Switzerland