Ecotopian Library

Basia Irland
BLacktop Book VII, 1994
Carved wooden book coated with earth, black paint and matte medium.
Purchase with funds from CU Boulder Student Ars and Cultural Enrichment Fee, 2020.01.02

Basia Irland
Tome 1, From the Ice Book, Boulder Creek series, 2007
Photograph of sculpture made of ice and seeds

"A 250-pound book was carved from clear ice and embedded with a seed text of mountain maple (Acer spicatum), columbine flowers (Aquilegia coerulea), and Colorado blue spruce (Picea pungens). Six people carried the heavy book out into the current of Boulder Creek. Arapahoe Glacier, which provides a large percentage of Boulder's drinking water, is receding rapidly due to climate disruption. From where will Boulder get its water when the glacier is gone?" --- Emma Komlos-Hrobsky, Poets & Writers magazine