Fritz Horstman (MFAST ’11) Collaborates with Yale Peabody Museum of Natural Science to Create Interactive Exhibit

As part of Yale’s Celebrate Sustainability week, the Peabody invited local artist Fritz Horstman to present an interactive exhibit on sustainability. Horstman’s exhibit, The Quinnipiac River Bottled, draws attention to the availability of resources and our proximity to the Quinnipiac River. Fritz created a 100 foot long geographically accurate representation of the channel of the Quinnipiac River, from the headwaters to Long Island Sound, in the Hewitt Quadrangle, the granite lined courtyard between Beinecke Library and Woolsey Hall (also called Beinecke Plaza).

Everyone was invited to participate. They brought empty plastic water bottles, or filled one of the used bottles provided. Quinnipiac River water was stored in large cisterns, from which you could fill your bottles, and add them to the sculpture. Over the course of the day we filled a one hundred foot model of the Quinnipiac River with these bottles, reminding us of the natural water cycle, the nearby—but oft neglected—river, and the ubiquity of disposable plastic products in our lives. The result was a poetic rendition of the river in water and light.

Fritz Horstman lives and works in Bethany, CT. His drawings, photographs, videos, sculptures, installations, sound projects, collaborations, and performances focus on the seam where humans separate themselves from nature. Fritz teaches drawing at Albertus Magnus College and is the Artist Residency and Facilities Manager at the Josef and Anni Albers Foundation.

– Yale Peabody Museum

The New Haven Register interviewed Fritz while making the work. You can see the video here, as well as their full review of The Quinnipiac River Bottled.


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