Washington, DC (January 21, 2014) - The Cultural Landscape Foundation (TCLF) today announced the Landslide® 2014 theme - Art and the Landscape - and issued a call for nominations. Landslide® is an annual thematic compendium of landscapes and landscape features threatened with destruction or irreversible damage. This year's broad category ranges from sites such as ancient petroglyphs and Robert Smithson's Spiral Jetty, to Herbert Bayer's sculpted earthworks, the Modernist installations of Athena Tacha, and site-specific art installations found in remote locales and urban centers - all are distinct expressions of cultural identity and many are endangered by development, neglect, vandalism, industrial operations and other threats. Landslide® is designed to make the threats to these sites visible and promote informed stewardship. The 2014 compendium of sites will be the subject of a special feature on TCLF's Web site; nominations can be submitted online or emailed to Amanda Shull, the deadline is April 1, 2014. Landslide® is made possible by Presenting Sponsor The Davey Tree Expert Company, Education Partner the American Society of Landscape Architects and Media Partner Landscape Architecture magazine.
Landslide®, first issued in 2003, has highlighted more than 200 significant at-risk parks, gardens, horticultural features, and working landscapes-collectively, places that embody our shared landscape heritage. Site-specific art is subject to a variety of threats. While some cases gain great notoriety, such as the removal of Richard Serra's Tilted Arc in 1989 from Foley Park in New York City and the intense reflected light currently bombarding the Nasher Sculpture Center in Dallas, TX, others escape sustained attention.
Landslide® is one of many TCLF initiatives that collectively highlight the importance of the nation's rich and diverse landscape legacy. TCLF has also created What's Out There®, a free, searchable online database of the nation's designed landscapes, that currently includes more than 1,500 sites, 10,000 images and 750 designer profiles; the Pioneers of American Landscape Design® with extensive biographies and profiles of hundreds of practitioners: Pioneers video oral histories with significant practitioners; along with tours, symposia, books, and lectures.
"Site-specific works of art in the landscape rank among the most organic and historically significant representations of our cultural identity, and are often the most threatened," said Charles A. Birnbaum, TCLF Founder and President.
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