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Right Brain/Left Brain - Consultant USFS 


United States Forest Service


Mt Charleston, NV United States

Artwork Budget: $30,000


Project Team


Robin Brailsford


Paula Jacoby Garrett


Peter Reedjik
Sea Reach LTD.



Julie Wignall
Wonders of the West


Ineke Van Doorn



Steve Ririe
Silent Heroes of the Cold War



Patrick Gaffey
Clark County Arts Commission



The most exciting of dream spend a month living on a 12,000' mountain range, an hour from Las Vegas, thinking the biggest of big thoughts with a superb team of scientists, oral historians, and anthropologists, with the goal to make these Spring Mountains,12 climatic zones (from the Mojave Desert to Ponderosa Pine to Bristlecone) into the most dynamic, linked forested environment, with the city and culture of Las Vegas (!) and Southern Nevada.



My final document, shown here, is a CD of 3000 photos, and over 200 pages of contacts, opportunities, visions, and potential. It was written and inspired by my hiking and photographing every trail on Mt. Charleston, designing public art pieces based on ghosts, heroes, vortexes, sacred wells, weather, temperature, history, failures, accidents, color, water, fire, tourism, clothing, night skies, skiing.... and on and on. Kyle Canyon Visitors' Center was a given, and, in my vision is heated by glass furnaces and glory holes, where guest artists blow glass - a big draw for the always under-dressed Vegas tourists, come the snows. As a big draw in the heat of summer, imagine a cool, dark planetarium (funded by a local collector of NASA space program artifacts - including an actual capsule and space shuttle). As with all my projects here on the CodaWorx page, all the complete projects can be seen on the Facebook LithoMosaics page. Go to FB, then LithoMosaics, then Photos, then Albums, then the named Album you are looking for.



Highlights of collaboration were with my seeking out and finding undeniable, almost predetermined bonds with the early Papago people and places, Mr. Hammergren, Wynn Resorts, Mt. Charleston Hotel Group, Goldwell Museum, Area 51, The Neon Museum, Museum of Southern Nevada, Yesco, Spring Preserve, Newton and Helen Harrison, Steve Ririe of the Lost Heroes of the Cold War, Patrick Gaffey of the Clark County Arts Agency, University of Las Vegas Art Department, Pilchuck Glass School, Harry Reid, President Obama.... and on and on.


Additional Info

Although fully funded by a Federal lands swap, in its infinite wisdom, the USFS has yet to implement any of the Spring Mountain concepts provided by me or the team. One can only hope... The potential, ghosts, vortex, and Mt. Rushmore opportunities (miniature portrait in bronze - of JFK) are still there - waiting to realize implementation. A second visitors' center for skiers is my landmark idea - Green Lee Canyon - completely off the grid, with Newton and Helen Harrison as featured environmental artists.

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