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At present, the Harrison Studio, the Nevada Museum of Art, and the 9,000-acre Sagehen Creek Research Station of the University of California are engaged in and committed to a 50-year long research project (“the Project”) that is a work of art, a work of science, a work of bio-regional planning, and a work that calls for policy change. Therefore, the Project will instantiate the type of work that the Center will generate, i.e., work that is revelatory to observers and participants.
The Project is fundamentally a hybrid effort; multi-layered and cognizable by different disciplines, wherein what each interested discipline may be perceived as a foreground. Furthermore, by hybrid, we mean not only a form that is extremely complex in its manifestation, but also has an educational function, both at university levels and to the public, and it is in this sense that is the Center’s mission is designed in such a way that its outreach will both deepen public engagement and inform public policy.
The Center will apply the Project test on the ground the concept that the Harrison Studio has been working with for the past 5 years. The Project will be designed to answer the following question, posed earlier, on the ground: Are there ecologically available responses that will, in good part, replace the value provided by disappearing glaciers to river systems and the human cultures they support?
The methodology to find early probable answers to this question and related questions at a manageable scale will include these aspects:
Therefore, the research model of the Project is a 50-year program, which will require several generations of artists/scientists/thinkers to bring to a useful conclusion. We, the principals of the Harrison Studio, have invented the Center for the most part to enact the ideas thus far expressed. However, we also envision the Center as a legacy process and expect to begin a discussion on how the Center will continue and how new leadership will be trained. We, the present principals of the Harrison Studio, expect to begin the transfer of leadership within the next four or five years.