alexandra regan toland

research narratives in artistic ecology

Wunschgarten – Wild Urban Offshoots

As cities creep further into wild landscapes, the wild moves into cities. Urban habitats are places where plants and animals take up residence alongside people. Too often though, space for … Continue reading

August 30, 2010

Micro Turf

Examples of true wilderness are nearly non-existent. The only way to preserve what is left of the natural world is for people and nature to co-exist in a mutually sustained … Continue reading

June 19, 2010

Personal Dispersal Mechanisms

Natural dispersal mechanisms of plant species are fantastically diverse. Some seeds like the acorn simply drop and roll, making the mighty oak completely dependent on gravity. Other families, such as … Continue reading

August 30, 2009

Street Tree Diaries

What started out as a photographic database quickly became a seasonal diary of six special street trees. The long and repeated gaze through the viewfinder allowed me to come to know … Continue reading

August 15, 2009

Urban Weeds Diary

The site survey that began in the Gallery of Weeds project at the Gleisdreieck grew into a weekend passion and hobby that slightly resembles the romanticized botanical identification and collection … Continue reading

June 15, 2008

Preferential Flow

The concept that best describes my residency at Taliesin-West is Preferential Flow, a term borrowed from the field of environmental soil physics which describes the flow of water along “preferred” … Continue reading

March 15, 2008

Wriezener Freiraum Labor – Freifunkhain

The design for a public WiFi sculpture in a community park in Friedrichshain was planned by myself, Ulf Kypke, Hardy Buhl with help from Susanne Mühlbauer and partially financed by … Continue reading

May 12, 2007