Former Location: Tifft Nature Preserve
The sculptures in Locus Amoenus, 2016, were created by Roberley Bell, whose work regularly explores aspects of our environment. The works are designed to draw attention to the significant human interventions necessary to protect and maintain the fragile ecosystem at the Tifft Nature Preserve.
The most prevalent mature trees at Tifft are shallow rooting and short-lived, making them vulnerable to strong winds coming off Lake Erie. In an effort to diversify and protect the landscape and tree canopy at the Preserve, more than 2,000 long-lived native species were planted between 2009 and 2015 to enhance tree regeneration and to provide a more diverse and sustainable ecosystem. These trees are young and vulnerable, especially to deer and beaver, and require special protection in the form of enclosures surrounding the trunks.
This installation relies on the dramatic and unexpected usage of color and materials to bring awareness to the necessary protective cages surrounding newly planted trees. By focusing attention on the fragility of the land at Tifft, the artist hopes to inspire your thoughtful participation and sensitive stewardship in the maintenance and health of our environment and our shared landscapes.
Led by the Buffalo Museum of Science, the planting efforts at Tifft Nature Preserve will ensure and improve valuable habitats for wildlife, especially migrating songbirds. Although the major planting effort is complete, management will continue with additional maintenance and monitoring of tree health and survival.