Greenmeme is the vision of artists Freya Bardell and Brian Howe. Together, they have been creating site-specific public artwork since 2005. Qualities of material, context and form begin anew with each project. Their investigations into the history of both the surrounding culture and environment reveals unique ways in which each project can work to raise awareness of these qualities through sculpture, performance and community engagement. Since coming together their work has continued to range from smaller locally-focused commissions to creating projects on a national and international scale.


Wednesday, May 25th, 2016 | Freya Bardell + Brian Howe and Friends

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This artwork is a creative interpretation of regional climate data generated by scientific institutions in the San Jose region.  The project grew from a three year partnership with UC Berkeley biological field station, Blue Oak Ranch Reserve (BORR) and represents the potential for an ongoing artist residency program focused on evolving issues of climate change, increasing public awareness and inspiring behavioral change.

The project on display in these cases uses a combination of satellite and time-lapse photography transmitted via solar-powered cameras located in the east hills of the Santa Clara Valley.  The cameras record the movement of wildlife and change of the seasons every 3 minutes, 24 hours a day.  The ongoing transmission of information to the airport becomes a dynamic archive of the climate.

Custom camera cases and timelapse controllers were designed and assembled at the Blue Oak Ranch Reserve. The cases have been designed to be weather resistant and include a “roof” to reduce sun exposure.Two camera sites were selected based on the following criteria: viewshed, orientation , access to wireless and power and access for maintenance. The field cameras are bolted to stands. It was important that the stands were stable and resistant to animal and bird interactions, wind and maintenance. Both cameras face North East and are set to manual to attain a annually uniform light and color. Camera’s were initially placed in the field for a two week period. Images were reviewed and then adjustments were made when necessary.

Project Partners:  U.C. Berkeley’s Blue Oak Ranch Reserve (BORR), Lick Observatory and XERIC DESIGN (creators of EarthDesk), Richard Humphrey and Machine Histories.

  • Commissioning Agent: City of San Jose, CA, San Jose cultural Affairs
  • Artist: Freya Bardell and Brian Howe
  • Team: Brent Bucknum, Dr Michael Hamilton
  • Control System: Richard Humphrey
  • Multi Media: LED screens, canon 5D, solar power, wireless, video,
  • Project Support by Machine Histories: CNC etched plywood art panels and installation.
  • Dimensions: Two 15′ x 8′ x 5′ display cases
  • Budget: $60,000
  • Year Completed: ongoing