Florence Neal / The River Project

Florence Neal cutting block print


The first print in an ongoing Chattahoochee River investigation
The “Chattahoochee River” print was cut onsite,
alongside the river in October of 2010 during Neal’s visiting artist residency
at Columbus State University’s Department of Art, Columbus, Georgia.  

The river, with a life of its own and trove of stories swirling in its
muddy depths, divides the land, separating not only states, but states of mind.
Neal invited the public to tell and record their river stories
to be incorporated into the project at a later date.









The mountain pine beetle is a small cylindrical insect of the Rocky Mountains that attacks and kills mature trees by boring through the bark to feed on the wood of the tree. A key part of this cycle is the transmission of blue-stain fungi by the adults during colonization of the tree. The fungi growth disrupts the flow of water within the tree. The combination of the bark feeding beetle and the blue-stain fungi rapidly kills the lodgepole pine. While the mountain pine beetle has been part of a naturally occurring ecosystem, global warming conditions have seen populations of the beetle increase and spread.


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