Local Artist Brings ArtsWestchester’s Windows to Life in “Half Nature”


half-nature_2ArtsWestchester’s building transforms this year with the intention to bring environmental issues to light. ArtsWestchester presents Half Nature, a site-specific installation created by New York visual artist Susan Rowe Harrison who is inspired by the endangered species in Westchester County. The historic building’s windows are enlivened with Rowe Harrison’s vinyl cut-out silhouettes of endangered plants and animals, specifically White Plains native bird species. It is estimated that 100 million to 1 billion birds across North America die each year due to collisions with windows. With this project, Rowe Harrison hopes to raise awareness of the dangerous effects of glass on the migratory bird populations in the cities. She explains Half Nature is constructed, “in celebration of the interconnectedness of all living things as well as the losses at stake if we don’t take the steps necessary to protect and maintain our biodiversity.”

As people pass by the building, they will see a colorful and abstract landscape of Slender Marshall Bluegrass surrounding Henslow’s sparrows as they soar through ArtsWestchester’s windows. This year-long exhibition is made possible, in part, with support from Con Edison.

For more info on Half Nature, visit: artsw.org/gallery.



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