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.
Images can be of a singular leaf laying on the sidewalk, or one that is part of a tree or bush-- whatever catches your eye! Be sure to include the hashtag #theleafconnection in the notes section for your image to be considered for the project.
Select observations will be used to inform leaf designs for a large wall installation that carries hundreds of clay leaves that I will sculpt by hand. The installation will be mapped out to reflect the Phoenix metropolitan area and illustrate the diversity of plants+ people in our desert home. The purpose of this project is to foster community + connection through art and bring awareness to our natural surroundings.