National Parks Project by Harlan Butt
Exhibition of vessels and other works by metalsmith Harlan Butt
"I have been producing works of art directly motivated by my own personal relationship with nature and the natural world since the 1970’s. As an artist working in metals and enamel I have created artworks, primarily vessels, which reflect themes, colors, textures, the beauty, severity and mystery of that world. Several of these pieces are now in the collections of public museums in this country and abroad such as the Victoria & Albert Museum in London, the National Gallery of Australia in Canberra, the Renwich Gallery at the Smithsonian Institution in Washington DC, the Museum of Art & Design in New York and others. One of my vessels is also part of the permanent collection at Denali National Park in Alaska.
Since 2003 I have specifically chosen the National Parks as a source of inspiration, visiting a select number of them, spending time there and creating artworks that reflect my experiences. To date I have produced works inspired by my research in Olympic National Park, WA; Big Cypress National Preserve, FL; Organ Pipe Cactus National Monument, AZ; Yellowstone National Park, WY; Denali National Park, AK; Arches National Park and Canyonlands National Park in Utah. This series is ongoing and additional pieces are in progress and others will follow. Also, I plan to visit more parks as time and resources permit and add to this collection."