Year in Review: Art That Interacts with the Environment

In 2013, we published hundreds of articles, produced numerous short documentaries, and aired hour-long television episodes. We traversed the cultural landscapes sprawling across our state from the metropolises to the towns, between the coast and the desert, across the border, and into the mountains. On New Year's Day, we will be airing a three-hour Artbound Marathon which will feature a mash up of our episodes into one explosion of Southern California arts and culture. But for the next few days, we will be reliving some of our most read features, breaking them down by theme. We hope you enjoy catching up on all the artistic discussions and activities that make California the creative capital of the world!

Artbound Special Episode 'AgH2O'

Artbound kicks off their third season with a one-hour special looking at Lauren Bon and the Metabolic Studio's "AgH2O."

Riding Along the Aqueduct with '100 Mules'

Chris Langley rides with Lauren Bon and the Metabolic Studios' "100 Mules Walking the Aqueduct" through the scenic Alabama Hills to Lone Pine in the Owens Valley

Graffiti Row: Outsider Rock Formations in the Imperial Desert

Graffiti Row is an approximately 2 mile stretch of outsider art creations in Imperial Valley, comprised of covert, man-made rock formations depicting anything from animals to names.

Considering Art About Agriculture

The annual "Art About Agriculture" exhibit examines Ventura's agrarian heritage and the significance of agriculture today.

Nitt Witt Ridge: Cambria's Folk Art Hearst Castle

Arthur Harold Beal spent more than fifty years transforming his homestead into a wild, whimsical folk art environment unlike anything seen on the Central Coast before.

Getting Lost in the High Desert

In her paintings and photographs, artist Diane Best illustrates timeless desert panoramic landscapes of the Mojave.

Preserving the Watts Towers

Due to its unconventional construction, new scientific methods are being used to repair and stabilize the Watts Towers.

Eames Demetrios: Geographer of a Parallel Universe

Eames Demetrios places physical markers around the world commemorating sites of historical significance that refer to the realms of Kcymaerxthaere.

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