The Schuylkill Center’s Environmental Art Program exclusively focuses on environmental art practices. It presents a collection of permanent installations on its trails and in the visitor center. The art projects are the results of the Center’s ongoing Environmental Art Program, consisting of three main programming areas: exhibitions and installations, artist-in-residencies and public programming.


The Philadelphia Tempestry Collection (2019)

The Tempestry Project is a global climate data visualization project through fiber arts. Tempestries (also temperature tapestries) use colored yarn and temperature data for creating a recognizable and globally comparable mosaic. With the help of 38 volunteer knitters and crocheters, in 2019 a collection of Tempestries for Philadelphia was created for the period from 1875 to 2018. Each Tempestry shows the daily high temperatures for a given year, representing the shifting temperatures over time.

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Tempestry detail

Buprestid Insulae by Anthony Heinz May (2019)

In conjunction with the exhibition “We All Fall Down: Artists Respond to the Emerald Ash Borer” Anthony Heinz May sculpted Buprestid Insulae. The artwork grows out of the trunk out of a dying ash tree and appears to become pixelated, even eventually to dissolve into the air.

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Anthony Heinz May's "Buprestid Insulae"

Future Non-Object #1: Sol’s Reprise by Jake Beckman (2014)

As part of the Schuylkill Center’s first LandLab residents, Jake Beckman explored the soil cycle. Unpacking the various components of soil – including stone, wood, leaves, and soil organisms – Future Non-Object #1 is a testimony to natural formation and decay.

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Mushroom growth on Future Non-Object #1: Sol’s Reprise

Rain Yard by Stacy Levy (2013)

Rain Yard is an interactive artwork in the Schuylkill Center’s Sensory Garden since 2013. The installation serves both a practical function—mitigating stormwater runoff from our building—and an interpretive function—highlighting the critical role that soil and plants play in the water cycle. The renown environmental artist, Stacy Levy, created the artwork in collaboration with ecologists, engineers, designers, educators and horticulturists.

Along with the installation the Schuylkill Center developed an engaging graphic book about water, stormwater runoff, and the project. Download the book accompanying the Rain Yard installation HERE

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Rain Yard

Welcome Home by Vaughn Bell (2013)

Installed by the artist with the support of staff and volunteers, Welcome Home is Schuylkill Center’s first explorations in the intersection of art and land restoration. The installation creates a literal home for native plants while serving as a visual education tool by demarcating the differences between protected native plant communities and unprotected, highly invaded landscapes.

More Information about the project HERE