CONServation based art

For years I worked as an arborist and Park Ranger for U.S. Fish & Wildlife. It was my job to maintain outdoor spaces in ways that allowed the habitat to flourish. I also was responsible for trying to mitigate the negative impacts pollution and anthropogenic climate change have on our forests.

My conservation-based art practice addresses the same threats to the environment and implores the same techniques I used as a Ranger to aqueous material and design my installations.

I maintain the grounds of numerous long term outdoor installations that span 15 acres of wild forest. The intention behind these projects is to improve the bottom-up productivity of the local ecosystem through land management and providing structural resources for local wildlife.

Like an artificial reef, my sculpture creates an infrastructure that stimulates animal activity. Birds, insects, and small mammals are drawn to the safety of the sculpture’s cavernous spaces and lofted perches. Structures likes this dramatically improve the health of the local ecology and helps facility healthy animal populations. Both are critical to protecting and preserving biodiversity.

Sustainable Materials

I collect all of the materials for my work directly from the landscape. The wood for my art comes from damaged timber, invasive species, or the bi-products of beneficial forestry applications.

Logging wood in this fashion is sustainable, and provides an ample supply of quality material that is significantly more ecologically friendly and has a smaller carbon footprint than commercial wood products.

Littered detritus gains a positive function as advantageous birds build nests inside the found objects and pollinators species are drawn to the brightly colored commercial products. Keen for a feed, the activity of the small animals attracts larger game, further up the food chain. This animal interaction is an essential part of any healthy habitat.

Community Outreach

Building empathetic relationships between the public and environment is an essential for conserving the health of the planet. There is no difference between environmental and societal issues. The health of the planet and society are intrinsically linked. An unhealthy land yields an unhealthy people. In addition to engaging the public in a conversation about conservation these projects illustrate an important concept that is becoming less conceivable in our modern society. The work shows a human, driven by a human behavior; creativity, can be a beneficial participant within an ecosystem.

Support for Vulnerable forests and Families

Due to the compendious impact climate change has on all living creatures, Max Bard 911 E.S.S. takes a holistic approach to addressing climate injustice by providing meaningful support for the people and places who sufferer most from the inequities brought about through climate change.

Free educational events

I host a variety of educational events that focus on promoting art as a positive outlet for self-expression and social change.

photo of event at Kennedy Children's Center, Harlem ,NY

Kennedy Children's Center Harlem, NY