The Leaf Connection Project
THE LEAF CONNECTION
March 2022 - September 2023
The Leaf Connection on iNaturalist
The Leaf Connection on Instagram
The Leaf Connection is a community engagement art project developed in collaboration with Metro Phoenix EcoFlora. This project invites participants to engage with nature and observe + share images of leaves within the urban desert environment of metro Phoenix.
It's easy to join! Here's how to get started:
1. Download the iNaturalist app on your smartphone.
2. Create an account using your email and an iNaturalist username and password.
3. Join The Leaf Connection project and start making observations and sharing them on iNaturalist.
What to Observe: Any type of leaf, whether on the ground, trees, bushes, flowering plants, or other spaces in nature that catch your eye. Your observation will contribute biodiversity information that helps local conservation efforts. You'll also take part in a new installation I'm creating!
I am using the observations and project data to build a vast system of hand-sculpted clay leaves that will be pinned to individual wood panels. The wall installation will be mapped out to reflect the flora observed throughout Metro Phoenix and illustrate the diversity of plants and people in our desert home. The purpose of this project is to foster community and connection through art and bring awareness to our natural surroundings.