Slowly, step by step from 1984 and ongoing
- Reconnect science and art for creative solutions to
- Narrowing the ever-growing gap between Human and
- Heal community/decision makers from their
- Be part of creating the right values in reclamation and
preservation of environments in pain
- Influence on environmental policy
- Challenge artists to investigate and respond to
environmental issues in their artworks.
- Causing deeper understanding of processes which occur
in nature and its intrinsic values.
- Heal and restore damaged environments, especially
streams, as part of interdisciplinary teams.
- Show, indicate, mark, daylight - insights, hidden
details and processes in nature which we pay attention
- Mediate between community and their immediate
environment, decision makers and communities,
ecologists and industrialists.
- Through the artworks - uplifting, surprise, create wonder,
mystery, allow getting lost, by tools; photography,
installations, video-arts, writings, story telling,
walks and talks, workshops.
Shai Zakai ©
Concrete Creek 1999-2002 -
Shai Zakai, (artist statement)
1st stream reclamation via eco-art in Israel
"I would like there to exist places that are stable, unmoving, intangible, untouched, unchanging, deep-rooted; places that might be points of reference, of departure, of origin: ..to try meticulously to retain something, to cause something to survive; to wrest a few precise scraps from the void as it grows, to leave somewhere a furrow, a trace, a mark or a few signs." Georges Perec, Paris 1973-74 .*
In my quests for visual expressions which would bring man and the environment closer together I have conceived of a reclamation plan which operates concurrently on the physical level – cleansing the stream, and on the social and spiritual level – healing people from their environmental indifference...
For me, an eco-artist is comparable to a doctor practicing alternative medicine, who would never offer you a painkiller, but would examine the body as a whole; or to a judge, who would send a transgressor to a rehabilitation program rather than to jail; to a philosopher who would always explore multiple versions and variations before he finds that singular insight; to “sublime nature” that often invokes in its beholder magical sensations that are never quite deciphered; wishing to utter our admiration, we feel close to the place and it becomes so precious to us that we want to preserve it.
( see also projects/Concrete Creek )