Current Writing: Abstracts


– Freedom and Empathy in Art Practice.
– LIVING Things–The Ethical, Aesthetic Impulse.
– 3 Rivers 2nd Nature: Water, Land & Dialogue.
– Can or Should Artists Create Verifiable Change?
– From Industrial to Environmental Infrastructure.
– Art Nature and Aesthetics, in the Public Realm.

Reiko Goto, Tim Collins,

Reiko Goto sitting looking and listening to trees

Ecology and Environmental Art in Public Place: Talking Tree


Is it possible to create change if we understand life is interdependent and interrelated with nature in our environment? Reiko researches this question from the perspective of a practising artist in the field of environmental art in the context of ecology.

A PhD thesis by Reiko Goto

Ecology and Recovery in Allegheny County


This is the culmination of the 3 Rivers 2nd Nature Project. Using full page maps, photographs and charts, the report reveals extraordinary ecological opportunities in Allegheny County, providing a solid foundation of aesthetic, ecological, social and political ideas that support change. The report features a white paper by attorney Cyril Fox who argues for changes to policy and land use as the function and purpose of nature and landscape changes and nature takes on an aesthetic agency with great impact.

Tim Collins, Cyril Fox, Jonathan Kline, Kostula Vallianos.

Groundworks: Environmental Art and Collaboration in Contemporary Art


This is the catalogue that emerged out of a body of work developed over three years. Initiated by a series of seminars, which were known as the Monongahela conferences funded by the Pittsburgh Foundation; followed by an artist in communities programme funded by the Warhol Foundation. The exhibition curated by Prof Grant Kester of UC San Diego provided an international overview of artists working at a planning scale with transformational intent.

Edited by Grant Kester, with an international list of artists and theorists. Collins and Goto wrote the introduction to the catalogue.

Conversations in the Rust Belt


Set in the context of Pittsburgh Pennsylvania, the former steel capital of the United States, this paper explores the potential for a renewed civic or democratic dialogue on a specific brownfield development site. This case study, illustrates a three-part philosophy of discursive democracy, restoration ecology and reconstructive postmodernism and its experimental application by an interdisciplinary group of artists and academics working from a research facility in the college of fine arts at Carnegie Mellon University.

Tim Collins

Ample Opportunity: A Community Dialogue


This is a reflection on the first years work on Nine Mile Run focusing on land, water and questions of the post industrial public realm. Over a period of one year, we would: Distribute a background document on each topic. Conduct onsite tours with to explore the issues first hand. Provide expert overviews of the issues and alternative approaches to the problem. Conduct integrated professional/citizen community dialogues. Analyze and represent citizen comment and expert comment with equal

Tim Collins, Reiko Goto, Bob Bingham and John Stephen

Aqua Pura


This is the book form of a public art installation at the San Andreas Water Treatment Facility. Aqua Pura examines the art, ecology, history, politics and science that were employed to bring water to the City of San Francisco. From a redwood flume carrying water around the Golden Gate to the development of the peninsula water system and its water temples, followed by an eventual sale to the City of San Francisco. The book was commissioned by the San Francisco Art Commission.

Tim Collins and Reiko Goto,
with Richard Barnes, Jeanette Redensek and Victoria Trostle