Eco Art

Feature

Friday, April 22, 2011

Photographer Brandon Ballengée spends his days hunting for frogs with extra legs and missing eyes. He's an eco artist, and by seeking out these mutant anomalies, he hopes to bring environmentalism to new audiences. Produced by Studio 360's Trey Kay. (Originally aired: April 18, 2008)

Can art help save the environment? Leave a comment and tell us what you think.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Slideshow: Brandon Ballengée's Eco Art

Kevin O’Dwyer

Brandon Ballengée conducts an amphibian field-survey in collaboration with the Yorkshire Reporter of Amphibians and Reptiles. He carried out his research as an artist in residence at Yorkshire Sculpture Park in 2006-07 (commissioned by Arts Catalyst, England).

Kevin O’Dwyer

Ballengée conducting an amphibian field-survey.

Courtesy of Arts Catalyst, London and Archibald Arts, NYC

A selection of deformed English Toads / Bufo bufo metamorphs, collected in Yorkshire, England, June 2006.

Yerba Buena Center for the Arts, San Francisco, 2007

Detail from “Styx” – deformed amphibian specimens that have been chemically cleared and stained on sculptural light-box.

Courtesy of Brandon Ballengée and Archibald Arts, NYC

“Khárôn” – a cleared and stained multi-limbed Pacific Tree frog from Aptos, California (in scientific collaboration with Dr. Stanley K. Sessions and poet Kuy Delair).

Courtesy of Brandon Ballengée and Archibald Arts, NYC

“Galatée” – a cleared and stained multi-limbed Pacific Tree frog from Aptos, California (in scientific collaboration with Dr. Stanley K. Sessions and poet Kuy Delair).

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Comments [8]

Hi Britt,

Mr. Limbaugh's voice does sound a bit different from the rest of the audio in this piece, but not because of any added distortion. Most of the audio we recorded was captured with our own equipment. The Rush Limbaugh clip was not produced by us, but added to the audio we gathered ourselves, so it does sound somewhat different.

Thanks for listening!

Apr. 25 2011 01:15 PM
Britt Johns from WJSP

Did you distort Rush Limbaugh's voice on the eco-art segment aired 4/18/2011? Why?

Apr. 24 2011 01:56 PM
Jan T. from Brooklyn

Wow what a fun coincidence I just saw mr. Ballengée" teach a small free class called "Mutant Research Methods with Brandon Ballengée" at the trading school in SOHO. What was most memorable about the event was how fun it all was. I never could tolerate maths and science in school and so I really enjoyed thinking about our ecosystem without the fear of getting a poor grade!

Apr. 24 2011 12:02 PM
keithmarroquin from Tucson, Az.

please check it out >> more art promoting the earth @ keithmarroquin.com

Apr. 23 2011 05:57 PM
william

cool, knowledge is power

Apr. 23 2011 04:52 PM
Marty from Maryland

He kills these frogs? How's THAT for the ecosystem?

Apr. 23 2011 03:13 PM
gary from north east, md

Yes, art can help save the environment by spreading the issue .. keep up the good work.

Apr. 23 2011 09:49 AM
donnabaine

The Art give the possibility of looking at nature differently. It is an open door. I saw Rachel Carson's Pond and at the time I didn't understand everything that there was to learn but it never left me. I

Apr. 22 2011 09:59 PM

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