Redwood Preserve


As a transdisciplinary artist with a public and socially engaged focus, Jarrett Mellenbruch’s creative inquiries integrate complementary disciplines into a concentrated conceptual and practical synthesis.

Artist Bio

The Redwood Preserve is a land art and social enterprise project to restore the ancient Californian redwood forest obliterated by logging in the 19th and 20th Centuries. The nature preserve would revive biodiversity in the region, while its trees combat climate change by pulling large amounts of carbon from the atmosphere.


Award Year
2020
Status

In Progress

A man wearing glasses reads Sculpture magazine in a light filled sunroom surrounded by plants.

Jarrett Mellenbruch

Roeland Park, KS

As a transdisciplinary artist with a public and socially-engaged focus, Jarrett Mellenbruch’s creative inquiries integrate complementary disciplines into a concentrated conceptual and practical synthesis. He regularly explores ways to cross-pollinate work between fields, in particular between his lifelong passions for art and science. With public art installations such as Float, Mellenbruch explores the underlying themes of heterotopian spaces and social capital, while his collaborative works, including Virtual Vector Laboratory, embrace the benefits of working with experts from other fields toward a common goal. The long-term project Haven combines his family beekeeping history with public sculpture in the pursuit of a sustainable relationship with our most important pollinator. Mellenbruch is a native of Kansas City. After finishing his undergraduate studies at The Rhode Island School of Design, he lived and worked in New York City for twelve years, and later earned his MFA at the Maine College of Art in Portland. Drawn back to the Midwest by the vibrant art community and to be near family, he moved to Kansas City where he maintains a full-time art practice, teaches sculpture, and is program head of social practice at the Kansas City Art Institute.