Jackie Brookner, renowned bio-sculptor, speaking as part of E/RS lecture series

Projects help clean water in aesthetically pleasing manner while bringing attention to environmental issues | February 3, 2006

Jackie Brookner, a renowned bio-sculptor who creates environmentally safe art displays for prairie and wetland areas, is speaking on Sunday, Feb. 12, at 7:00 p.m. at the Schiff Family Conference Center. Brookner’s topic is “Community and the Being of Human.”

Her presentation is part of Xavier’s 2005-2006 ethics/religion and society lecture series.

Brookner is, specifically, talking about the “Laughing Brook” project she’s created for the Mill Creek Restoration Project. "Laughing Brook” is the central focus for Salway Park and filters runoff water before it reaches Mill Creek. The project contains more than 100 bio-sculptures made of porous concrete. Water filters through the porous concrete and is purified so plants grow on the sculptures. It is scheduled to open to the public in 2006. The project also includes a butterfly garden, walkways and seating overlooking the river.

Brookner has taught at Harvard University and has won numerous awards and grants for her work with art and the environment. Her projects help clean water in an aesthetically pleasing manner and bring attention to environmental issues.

The theme for this year’s lecture series is “175 Years of Xavier in Cincinnati: Responding Ethically to the Changing Face of the Community.” Speakers are addressing leadership issues on this topic. Brookner, in particular, is focusing on the changing environment in Cincinnati. The program format leads to informal discussion after the presentation.

For more information please contact Sarah Melcher at 513 745-2043.