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Monument to an Ecosystem

Monument to an Ecosystem is a public art project that bridges analog and digital photography.  In essence, it ties photography and nature together as both foreign and familiar in the landscape of the Wissahickon Valley Park, Philadelphia.


The works are cyanotypes, created by light-sensitive chemistry and exposure by the sun. The cyanotypes are rephotographed digitally and printed double-sided on vinyl, 5’x 7’. The final images are installed in trees – in a grouping together, at the park, September 2019 – September 2020.

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About this series

Each photographic image has holes cut out. The holes function as a viewing device through which a pedestrian can literally look through an image to the other side. It functions as a telescoping device, as an optical shift between “real” nature and photographed nature. It also functions as a metaphor; puncturing nature, cutting through the image.

Concurrently, once installed, I will document the project every month. Photos and videos will show how the large photographic murals change over the course of a year; due to human traffic, environment, and weather conditions. Documentation will regularly be updated to this dedicated website.


About the Artist

Anita Allyn, born in Edinburgh, Scotland, is a Professor of Art at The College of New Jersey where she has taught since 1999. She has a MFA from The School of the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston and a BFA from The Kansas City Art Institute. She was awarded a student scholarship to study in Aix-en-Provence, France and has studied abroad at Brighton Polytechnic, England.

Anita Allyn’s photography and installation works have been exhibited at such venues as The Tate Modern, London, National Centre for Contemporary Arts, Moscow, Russia, International Photography Biennial, Columbia, South America as well as local venues at the University of Pennsylvania, Vox Populi, Philadelphia, Art Institute of Boston, Atlantic Center for the Arts, and The Museum of Fine Arts, Boston. Her single channel video screenings have included The Institute of Contemporary Art, Philadelphia, Pioneer Theater in New York, Director’s Lounge, Berlin Germany, Massachusetts Museum of Contemporary Art, Elements Museum of Contemporary Art, Beijing, China, and the Israeli Center for the Arts.


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