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Art for wildlife


''Scattered'' Hydroglyph, 1987 - Utah
''Scattered'' Hydroglyph, 1987 - Utah

Cheryl Santa Maria, staff writer

January 8, 2012 — Mixed media artist creates installations that serve as habitats for endangered species.

''Twist'' osprey nesting platform, 1992 - Wyoming
''Twist'' osprey nesting platform, 1992 - Wyoming

There are a few ways to describe Lynne Hull's work.

Fluid lines, impeccable craftsmanship and innovative design are some of the defining characteristics of her portfolio. But there's an added element to Hull's work, above and beyond its visual appeal.

For nearly forty years, the mixed media artist has focused on the preservation of wildlife and the environment. Her sculptures have doubled as habitats for fish, migratory birds, bats and monkeys, to name but a few.

Inspired by the wildlife in her home state of Wyoming, Hull has worked with scientists, engineers and wildlife specialists to create her labour-intensive and research-heavy pieces.

I love learning more about an endangered species through research, Hull says, noting that she hopes to honour these animals through her work.

An installation can take anywhere from one day, up to two years, to complete. Building materials are a combination of natural elements that appeal to the wildlife, and more permanent fixtures, such as concrete and metal.

Hull's work can be seen in various sites around the world. In Kenya, she collaborated with local artists to create a series of breathtaking installations inside Africa's first nature centre. Her efforts in the United Kingdom produced Stones for the Salmon, a project designed to improve spawning habitats, and the Reservoir Tree, a roosting and nesting space for water birds.

Some of Hull's pieces can even be found here in Canada - in Quebec's Boreal Forest.

I've been surprised by how many people like my work and relate to it, Hull says.

I hope my work tells people that biodiversity is important and that we should be including wildlife species in our decision making, because we're losing them. I have very deep concerns about endangered species -- and I feel that wildlife enriches our world.

To view more of Hull's work, visit http://eco-art.org.

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