Kai Wise.

US Forest Service - Oregon

Project Description

Delta Sigma Arts Fellowship Recipient

“There is a certain mindset that comes with Forest Service employment—one of serving both the forest’s land and its people—that was very transformative to both the internship and myself.”

At the end of the summer, I was able to see how the lodge, a structure that attempts to incorporate itself physically and conceptually into the land through architecture, art and craft, is both informed by the land and actively shapes it. Looking historically, I also feel that some of the natural experiences and knowledge I gained are the reincarnations of the sources of natural inspiration felt by the lodge’s original architects and artists.

Overall, I feel that one of my greatest accomplishments at the lodge was the ability to use art, architecture, and nature as sources in telling a historical narrative. I’m now able to look at a carving, artwork, or even a chair or lampshade at the lodge and analyze it using historical themes. My prior view of primary sources was limited to mostly documents, but my time at Timberline allowed me to add artwork and even architecture to my ability to tell historical stories.

There were also certain activities I took on with my fellow rangers that fell outside of my original learning goals. These included giving presentations at campgrounds on history, wilderness ethics, fire safety, or forest animals, putting my skills as an EMT to use, or leading hikes from the lodge.


Project Details

  • Date September 17, 2015
  • Tags 2015, Arts, Delta Sigma Arts, Education, Environment, Sophomore, USA

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