In Respect of Nature
Our natural world provides lots of artistic inspiration. Spark visits artists who work in respect of nature.
Photographer Roman Loranc has spent years documenting the Central Valley landscape with a loving eye.
Li Huayi from the first generation of Chinese Cultural Revolution artists, reinvigorates Chinese landscape painting with his modern abstract vision.
Bill Dan, also known as "The Rock Man of Crissy Field," balances rocks for all to contemplate.
Then Gregory Gavin builds temporary creeks in public spaces called "Riveropolis."
See how Li Huayi blends western influences with the ancient Chinese art form of landscape painting.
Experience the balancing act of Bill Dan, also known as "The Rock Man of Crissy Field."
Go down the river with photographer Roman Loranc who has spent years documenting the Central Valley landscape.
Participate in building temporary creeks in public spaces with Gregory Gavin.
Spark Video Player
Please note that not all of the Spark video segments are included on this playlist. We are adding more weekly, but many more are available individually on corresponding artist profile pages. To find more videos, search the Artist Profiles directory.
Major funding for Spark is provided by by Diane B. Wilsey. Additional funding is provided by the George Frederick Jewett Foundation, Helen Sarah Steyer, and Gretchen Kimball.
Spark is a production of KQED.
Spark airs on KQED 9 on Tuesdays at 7:30pm. Repeat broadcasts can be seen throughout the week on KQED.
Also on KQED.org this week ...
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