Role of the Artist: Restoration
“Hidden in the roots of our words we find what we seem to want to forget-that we are literally the same stuff as earth. My work explores this identity while undermining the assumptions and values that keep us from acknowledging it.” -Jackie Brookner, Ecological Artist
World Garden Commons is the result of The Fargo Project, the transition of 18 acres of sometimes wet and sometimes dry stormwater basin from a mowed field into a welcoming greenspace. The goal is to connect people with the land and with each other.
A chance meeting between an ecological artist and an engaged citizen culminated in this transformative venture called The Fargo Project now in its seventh year. Through the leadership of ecological artist, Jackie Brookner (1947-2015), activities and engagement continues to bridge city departments, artistic expressions, professional disciplines, community, culture and languages.
“I believe that you cannot do ecological projects without working with people, because our values need as much healing as our ecosystems do.” Jackie Brookner, Ecological Artist
The project’s pilot installation, World Garden Commons at Rabanus Park in Fargo, represents the efforts of those new relationships as work continues to restore the basin ecologically and socially into a lively green space while maintaining the basin’s function as stormwater storage.