Monday, July 18, 2016

Pollinate & Bloom

Imagine standing under a field of strangely beautiful flowers each suspended high above the ground under the leaf canopy of a majestic Maple tree surrounded by the linear architecture of the city. These playful flowers will fill the sky with color & light, inviting visitors to look up & interact in a unique experience that combines nature, art & architecture. 
These eco-flowers have been created using hundreds of reclaimed plastic bottles (& caps) rescued from the waste stream then transformed into art!

(Located at 106 Ave. NE (between 4th & 8th St., Bellevue, WA)

Bellwether 2016
Exhibition & Artwalk
Art from Around the World

July 29 - October 9
Opening Reception: July 29, 6-8 PM
Bellevue City Hall
450 110 Ave. NE
Bellevue , WA

Thursday, October 15, 2015

LODGE(d) 2.0

Originally created as a horizontal installation at the Museum of Northwest Art,  LODGE(d) 2.0 now nestles comfortably in its vertical incarnation at Matzke Fine Art Gallery and Sculpture Park.

Always looking up!

Friday, October 9, 2015


LODGE(d) at the Museum of Northwest Art, Surge Festival on climate change, artists and scientists joined forces to start a multifaceted conversation on rising sea levels. Barbara De Pirro & Lisa Kinoshita created a life-size beaver dam, in tribute to an engineering species so important in conservation (it channels water in such a way as to expand wetlands, recharge groundwater, stabilize sediments, and provide cooler habitat for young salmon) that the Fish & Wildlife Service and US Forest Service are reintroducing it to Methow Valley. On Sept. 28, they deconstructed LODGE(D), moved it to the Matzke Fine Art Gallery and Sculpture Park on Camano Island, and rebuilt it in an entirely new configuration...

The inspiration behind LODGE(d), our life-size beaver dam, a tribute to this a superlative engineer.  The North American Beaver is a vital partner in environmental restoration; it channels water in such a way as to expand wetlands, recharge groundwater, stabilize sediments, and provide cooler habitat for young salmon.

An excellent documentary!

Tuesday, September 8, 2015

Surge at Museum of Northwest Art

LODGE(D)  detail      Barbara De Pirro

Artists: Barbara De Pirro and Lisa Kinoshita
Site-specific installation

For this event I have collaborated with Lisa Kinoshita artist / author, Dr. Greg Hood senior research scientist with the Skagit River Systems Cooperative and Dr. Dave Peterson research biologist with the U.S. Forest Service, and co-director of the University of Washington's Fire and Mountain Ecology Laboratory.

Our installation, Lodge(d), is an artistic interpretation that examines the effect of climate change on wildlife/habitat through the prism of one species, the North American beaver . 

“Wildlife biologists recognize the North American beaver as a superlative engineer. Today, the US Forest Service is giving this industrious, once-abundant species a key role in habitat restoration by reintroducing it to wild places in Washington. This installation, Lodge(d), is an artistic interpretation of a beaver camp made from intertwined natural and synthetic materials that mirror the similarly entwined stories of humans and Castor canadensis.

The presence of beaver colonies has been shown to help mitigate the effects of environmental degradation and to even slow the effects of climate change. A keystone species, it modifies entire landscapes by engineering dams, lodges, channels, canals, ponds and moist meadows, in the process creating beneficial consequences for a host of other species, including humans. Remarkably, the natural consequences of beaver hydraulics (e.g., damming, flooding and redirection of water flow) include restoration of wetlands; improved water quality; stabilization of sediments; recharging of groundwater; and lower-temperature ponds (refuge for Chinook salmon and other fish stock). Once numbering in the hundreds of millions and hunted to near extinction, the North American beaver is increasingly valued for adding overall diversity to river ecosystems.” 

Surge Festival
SEPT 26-27

Panel discussion: September 27, 3pm 
Closing reception: September 27, 4-6pm

In partnership with the Skagit Climate Science Consortium and the Skagit Watershed Council, MoNA presents a two-day event highlighting climate change, storm surge, and the impact on Northwest coastal communities. Environmental scientists have partnered with artists and educators to offer new perspectives on these issues.

More details & a complete list of other projects:

121 South First Street 
La Conner WA
(360) 466-4446

Metamorphosis at Meydenbauer in process...

"Metamorphosis" in process, a glimpse from the inside out....
Meydenbauer Center, Bellevue, WA 

"Metamorphosis" (detail)      Barbara De Pirro  
"Metamorphosis" (detail)      Barbara De Pirro  
"Metamorphosis" (detail)      Barbara De Pirro  
"Metamorphosis" (detail)      Barbara De Pirro

"Metamorphosis" (detail)      Barbara De Pirro


Saturday, August 15, 2015

Anacortes Arts Festival

"Flourish"      Barbara De Pirro

Here are some images of my recent installations at this year’s invitational exhibit, “ Anacortes Arts Festival” as part of ”Arts at the Port”. "Flora, Flourish 1 & 2, Metamorphosis, Roots & Vines", all five were created using hundreds (into the thousands in some cases) of reclaimed & re-invented plastic bottles, bags & caps.  It was a wonderful experience with an incredibly supportive community!

"Flourish"      Barbara De Pirro
A 13 foot waterfall of 3,000+ reclaimed plastic caps.
"Flourish 1 & 2"      Barbara De Pirro
"Flourish 2" (detail)     Barbara De Pirro
"Metamorphosis" (foreground) & "Flourish" (Background)
Plastic bottles & caps re-invented...
"Roots & Vines"     Barbara De Pirro
Plastic bags crocheted, synthetic materials into organic forms...

Thank you Anacortes Arts Festival for the invitation to share my art with your community & beyond! It was a pleasure getting to know ALL of you and... an honor to now know that "Entangled" holds a special place in your permanent collection, GRAZIE!

Friday, July 24, 2015

"Zeitgeist"- Anacortes Arts Festival

"Metamorphosis"      Barbara De PIrro

I will have four installations in this years invitational exhibit at Anacortes Arts Festival, Arts at the Port "Zeitgeist".
I hope you can join us!

Arts at the Port  in the waterfront Port Transit Shed, is the crown jewel of the Festival.   It consists of three unique exhibitions, centering around the theme   "Zeitgeist, the spirit of our time".  

The Allen Family Focus Gallery  is an invitational show showcasing five outstanding regional artists - Barbara DePirro, Craig Dunstan McGrail, Scott Kolbo and Robin & John Gumaelius..

The Juried Exhibition was selected by Stefano Catalani, the Director of Art, Craft and Design at the Bellevue Art Museum.   This show includes both 2D and 3D work, from around the country, representing a wide range of style and mediums.

New this year, the Museum of Northwest Art is curating the Youth Art Exhibition.   It will highlight work from the MoNA Link program from students kindergarten through high school.

Arts at the Port opens on Saturday, August 1st from 6 – 9 pm 
It will be open from August 3 - 6, 9 - 5 pm 
Then of course during the festival itself August 7-9.

Anacortes Arts Festival
August 7 - 9 PM

Flora"      Barbara De Pirro
"Roots & Vines"      Barbara De Pirro
 "Flourish"      Barbara De Pirro