Laurie Beck Peterson in "We All Fall Down" at the Schuylkill Center

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Thursday, September 19, 2019
Saturday, November 30, 2019


Artists Respond to the Emerald Ash Borer

Opening Reception, September 19, 6-8PM

Wood from impacted ash trees was made available to six artists (Laurie Beck PetersonNancy AgatiAnthony Heinz MayJohn KuiphoffBrian Skalaski, and Janine Wang) to create new art works for the Schuylkill Center’s gallery and trails that call attention to and educate about the emerald ash borer and other threats to Philadelphia’s trees. 

We All Fall Down: Artists Respond to the Emerald Ash Borer takes this unfortunate opportunity to make the impacts of this invasive insect more visible and understandable. 

Laurie's work for We All Fall Down begins as a photographic survey of the pre-spring landscape - the trees marked for removal, the spaces left behind from the felled trees, the trees stumps that remain. These cyanotype prints on paper are then reimagined on the tree sections. Both prints and wood sections serve as markers for a significant point in environmental history. 


Schuylkill Center for Environmental Science
8480 Hegy's Mill Road
Philadelphia, PA 19128