The 1990 design objective was to expand the ecology of the Tijuana Estuary reserve by bringing the wetland/upland plants up around the new Visitor's Center. By the time we returned in 2007 to build an addition to the Center, the landscape we planted had been declared "Environmentally Sensitive Habitat" which could not be disturbed. The site was officially the habitat we intended.
Artist Robin Brailsford created a map of the Tijuana River watershed that located the project within the larger landscape. This was a critical part of the project, as 75% of the water in the wetland viewed from the Visitor's Center originates in Mexico, an important fact in understanding our place in this border land watershed.
The collaboration was first a philosophical one. We each began with a desire to respect the existing landscape and to pay attention to the stories embedded in the land.
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Art matters. Attention to the details of our environment leads to love of place, which brings us to take responsibility for the spaces where we live and work. And by extension, the people with whom we live and work. And by extension, to our local communities, our cities, our nations, and our world.
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