We’re part of an exciting tour put together by our friends at the Center for Ecological Technology called the Green Buildings Open House. From 10 AM – 1 PM on Saturday, October 6 you can learn about the 228 photovoltaic panels on the roof of Building 5 at MASS MoCA which produced an average of 1500 kilowatt hours per week in the summer. We’ll also unveil the first part of a new work that we commissioned from artist and all around exceptional guy Michael Oatman in conjunction with the solar project. There’s a puzzle for you to solve â€” come learn more about it.
And don’t stop your tour with MASS MoCA, the Green Buildings Open House includes private homes and public buildings around the county including Topia Inn just down the road at 10 Pleasant St. in Adams which features the ultimate in purity and ecological friendliness â€” luxury pampering and near zero carbon impact.
Kidspace Opens Itâ€™s Rude to Stare by Local Artist Richard Criddle
(North Adams, MA) Opening in Kidspace at MASS MoCA on October 4, 2007, Itâ€™s Rude to Stare will feature sculpture and drawings by English-born, Vermont-based artist Richard Criddle. In a personal ‘archaeological dig’ into his childhood fears and stories, Criddle interprets his memories on a larger-than-life scale. He presents his autobiography in the form of oversized sculptures made from wood, bronze, fabricated steel, and found objects including wooden blinds, furniture components, a furnace shovel, and heavy-duty industrial hardware. Read the rest of this entry »
Actually the audio isn’t new, but the fact that its available as a podcast is. Quite a few years ago, our very talented friend Larry Smallwood created this tour of MASS MoCA’s architecture and long term installations. You can hear architects Simeon Bruner and Henry Moss of Bruner/Cott & Associates talk about the elements they considered as they approached the renovation of these 100+ year old mill buildings and about the history of mills in New England. You can also learn about the history of this site and about Natalie Jeremijenko‘s Tree Logic and Christina Kubisch‘s Clocktower Project. And, you can learn about how MASS MoCA has helped to create change in North Adams.
Fall is finally here! Daily I find myself stunned by just how beautiful nature is in the Berkshires. My favorite tree color combinations are the bold yellow/ golds which remind me of some sort of neon tropical fish and the deep mahogany reds that are reminiscent of antique wooden furniture. As I walk home from work every day I have picked up leaves that catch my interest. I am a little embarrassed to admit it, but I have pressed one leaf in every page of a 230 page book. That’s right friends I have already saved 230 leaves so far and serious leaves-on-the-ground season hasn’t really even begun!
Sometimes I find myself wishing that we as people could also change our colors with every new season. Wouldn’t it be refreshing to wake up one day and find that you have begun to turn a new shade? Of course, this would not only apply to you alone but to those around you as well. Imagine that every new season could bring a whole new variety of personalities and characters to life just by a simple natural change.
Take a look outside, enjoy your surroundings, and feel blessed that you get to wake up every morning and see mother nature at work!