Among the leading pioneers of the eco-art movement, the collaborative team of Newton and Helen Mayer Harrison (often referred to simply as “the Harrisons”) have worked for almost forty years with biologists, ecologists, architects, urban planners, engineers and other artists to initiate collaborative dialogues to uncover ideas and solutions which support biodiversity and community development. They are historians, diplomats, ecologists, investigators, emissaries and art activists. Their work involves proposing solutions and involves not only public discussion, but extensive mapping and documentation of these proposals first in an art context and thereafter in the public realm.
Past projects have focused on watershed restoration(Sacramento/San Joaquin Valley), urban renewal (Baltimore), agriculture and forestry issues (the Pacific Northwest Fog Forest) among others. The Harrisons’ visionary projects have often led to changes in governmental policy and have expanded dialogue around previously unexplored issues leading to practical implementations in parts of Europe (The Green Heart of Holland) and the United States (Sierra Nevada).