Elizabeth Monoian and Robert Ferry
Elizabeth is an interdisciplinary artist and designer currently working on large-scale international public art projects that both address and expose models of environmental sustainability. Her work has been screened and exhibited in venues throughout Europe, the Middle East, and the United States. She is the founder and director of Society for Cultural Exchange, a non-profit organization that is developing international exchanges between communities, academics, and artists. She received her MFA from Carnegie Mellon University.
ROBERT FERRY, AIA, LEED AP BD+C
Robert is an architect and design manager whose work is focused on creating places that achieve systemic harmony with their local and global environments and with the people who use them. He has contributed to many green building projects around the world and his net-positive design work has been featured in Popular Science Magazine and other publications.
Elizabeth and Robert are the founding co-directors of the Land Art Generator Initiative (LAGI).
Land Art Generator Initiative (LAGI) is a worldwide public arts initiative that offers the opportunity for collaborative teams of artists, architects, landscape architects and designers, working with engineers and scientists, to create new ways of thinking about sustainable infrastructures.
LAGI is presenting an opportunity for interdisciplinary, artist-led teams to conceive of large-scale and site-specific public artworks that function as utility-scale renewable energy power plants for cities. The project includes biennial design competitions, outreach events, workshops, and educational materials. When constructed, the functional outcomes—land art generators—will serve to inspire and educate while they provide clean electricity to thousands of homes around the world. LAGI solution-based infrastructure art interventions can provide cities with new planning tools that integrate sustainable systems while enhancing public space. In 2010 LAGI put out the first international call for aesthetic and pragmatic solutions to address climate change. With two more competitions in NYC (2012) and Copenhagen (2014), LAGI has collected over 600 land art generator proposals from creative teams in 60 countries. The project has been in featured in numerous press outlets, including The New York Times and Dwell Magazine.
Their publications include The Time is Now: Public Art of the Sustainable City, Regenerative Infrastructures, New Energies, and A Field Guide to Renewable Energy Technologies.