Embedded Art Professional
Working closely with senior park staff, artist Rebecca Lowry will create new, mission assistive projects for Joshua Tree National Park and Mojave National Preserve. This collaborative effort will develop innovative solutions to both new and stubborn issues. Lowry will also function as a creative problem solver, contributing ideas to any aspect of park management in which a new outlook is desired.
Rebecca Lowry is an artist who splits her time between Los Angeles and Twentynine Palms. She holds degrees in art history and architecture from Boston University and Harvard University. She has a conceptually driven art practice and teaches at Otis College of Art and Design. Lowry has worked independently with National Parks since 2013. Her work has been shown both in the US and Europe.
Homo sapiens x
Completed by Lowry in 2015, Hsx is a project that consists of a series of five exhibits designed to resemble typical NPS signage. Presenting subspecies of Joshua Tree National Park visitors from a natural history point of view, the work addresses important issues of public safety and best practices with a touch of humor. Currently on display at the Joshua Tree Visitor Center, they will be permanently installed in 2017.
StarCount is a project Lowry developed for Joshua Tree National Park’s annual night sky festival. Its aim is to address the issue of light pollution. Prominent, low-tech “celestoscopes” are placed in high visibility areas as part of a mock science experiment to study visible stars, treating them as an endangered species. During the festival, astronomers come by nightly to take counts of stars and visitors can record counts themselves. Additional information about light pollution is available from free posters attached to the devices.