Eco-artist Stacy Levy’s curiosities have flowed through many different streams and disciplines, but her avid breadth of education and hands-on experience in ecology, art, architecture, landscape architecture, and urban forestry ultimately return back to a common delta.
A native of Pennsylvania, Levy likes to work with “wudder.” As a child she played in the river near her home and drank “Schuylkill punch.” For Levy, nature was always close by, but as she grew older, she also developed a greater awareness of our human impact on the natural environment. “There was a time when the Wissahickon sewers overflowed and it got into the river I played in growing up,” Levy recollected before a room of Penn students, faculty, and community members attending her talk at Slought.
Most of Levy’s work is a response to the strong desire she has to make people more aware of the water systems around them. “Humans don’t like change,” Levy observed, but she points out that nature also has natural ‘needs’ of its own that pushes against our human preferences. Just as it is significant for urban people to be more aware of and have a better understanding of what’s in their backyards, Levy believes it is also important to acknowledge that people can be engaged in many different ways. Levy found her solution by blending science with art.