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Nature Playspace, Druid Heights, Baltimore

NATURE PLAYSPACE, DRUID HEIGHTS, BALTIMORE (2019) This project involved transforming 2 empty lots on McCulloh St in the Druid Heights area into a community nature playspace with an emphasis on sustainability and native pollinator plants. The design was drawn up by myself with help and advice from The Druid Heights Development Corporation, National Wildlife Federation, The University of MD Medical Center and the US Fish and Wildlife Service. The installation was completed by my company International Landscaping and Design over a period of approximately 8 months in 2019.

Solitary Bee House

SOLITARY BEE HOUSE (2019) This is one of my solitary bee houses, designed for use by mason bees (osmia bicornis) and leafcutter bees (megachilde spp.) that I have installed in parks around Baltimore. These houses give native bees a place to lay their eggs with protection from the elements and predators. Native (and honey) bees are on the decline in Maryland (and the US in general) due to habitat lose and the use of insectacides.

BEE HOUSE (2018)

BEE HOUSE (2018); This solitary bee house was made to accommodate mason bees and leafcutter bees. The tubes, where the bees will lay their eggs, were made from the invasive bamboo Pseudosasa japonica (on the outside) and cardboard (on the inside). The box is adorned with paintings and other artifacts. The House was shown at the Peale Center as part of the Baker Off the Web show.

Blakeney Point Flint Project #5 (2007)

BLAKENEY POINT FLINT PROJECT #5 (2007) Installed on Blakeney Point, Norfolk, England, December 28th-31st 2007. Exhibited as part of Artscape 2017 fieldwork group show. Circle diameter 20ft, height of cairn 3ft. The installation was a homage to the Neolithic stone circles found throughout the British Iles.

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Ashley Kidner is a Baltimore based environmental artist. Kidner works with stone, wood, native plants and water, in addition to painting, drawing and “box construction”. Kidner’s work often deals with issues such as climate change, habitat lose and most recently the demise of pollinators. Pollination has been a subject present in much of  Kidner's recent work,  drawing attention to the demise of  bees in Maryland (especially native bees).  Kidner was born in Norfolk, England... more

Druid Heights Nature Playspace

This project involved transforming 2 empty lots on McCulloh St in the Druid Heights area into a community nature playspace with an emphasis on sustainability and native pollinator plants. The design was drawn up by myself with help and advice from The Druid Heights Development Corporation, National Wildlife Federation, The Univesity of MD Medical Center and the US Fish and Wildlife Service. The installation was completed by my company International Landscaping and Design over a period of approximately 8 months in 2019.
https://blog.nwf.org/2019/08/bringing-nature-play-to-west-baltimore/?_ga...

Drawings and Paintings

A selection of paintings and drawings, including recent and ongoing projects involving the colors of the soul, inspired by a visit to the Whitechapel Gallery in London (2019) and a recent operation to remove a large aneurysm from my left iliac. The art on display was acquired by the Dutch art collector George Loudon and included a small book on the soul, but viewers were only able to read 1 page. At the time I was still waiting for the operation to remove the aneurysm and I became fascinated with the notes I was able to read in the book, describing different soul colors, there supposedly being only red, blue, yellow and brown.

  • Mr. Aneurysm (2019) uncompleted

    This watercolor, which I'm still working on, came about by the experience I had recently when a large aneurysm was removed from my left iliac artery and replaced with a polyester pipe similar to what is depicted in the drawing.
  • The colors of the soul (2019)

    This watercolor (18" by 18") is from a series I've been working on drawing influence from a book about the soul, which was acquired by the Dutch art collector George Loudon. The book was on display at an exhibition at the Whitechapel Gallery, London in 2019 but viewers only able to read 1 page. At the time I was awaiting an operation to remove a large aneurysm in my left iliac and became fascinated with the notes in the book describing different soul colors, there supposedly being only red, blue, yellow and brown.
  • Unidentified Blackwater Feather (2019)

    Pencil and ink on paper, 10" by 4". The feather was found on the Blackwater Wildlife Refuge near Cambridge on the Eastern shore of Maryland. Thankfully this wildlife preserve has resisted development and remains an amazing wealth of flora and fauna.
  • People and Art (2019)

    Watercolor, pencil and Ink on paper(12" by 18")
  • Owl Dropping with soul colors (2019)

    Pencil and watercolor on paper (11"by 7")
  • Self portrait with neolithic flint scraper, 2016

    Self portrait with flint scraper found on Blakeney Point, Norfolk, England. Water color and pencil. 5" by 7", 2016
  • Self portrait with flint scraper 2017 watercolor 9" by 12"

    Pencil and watercolor. Left hand drawn with right hand, right hand drawn with left hand>
  • Basalt from Reykjavik 2013

    Water color, pencil, ink on paper (10"by14")
  • Flint with finger 2004

    Pencil on paper (10'' by 10")
  • Chalk with Flint 2000

    Pencil drawing on paper 2000 (4"by7")

Work at the Peale Center, Baltimore

This project shows pictures from the 2017 exhibition Birdland and the Anthropocene, a show curated by avid bird lover and artist Lynn Parkes that exhibited at the Peale Center in downtown Baltimore. The show highlighted the negative influence that man has inflicted on the bird population of planet Earth. As part of the group exhibition, I installed 5 replica nests of endangered MD groundnesting birds in the garden of the Peale Center.
In addition there are pictures of the pollinator garden designed by myself and installed at the Peale Center by my landscape company (ILD) in 2018: all plants are native and provide food and habitat for a variety of birds and insects.

Workshops, native bees and Pollinator Gardens


This project presents workshops, solitary bee houses and gardens which I have used to promote the habitat and pollinator issues for solitary bees. The Art on the Farm workshop involved showing 70 children (primary to high school ) how to build bee houses with natural organic materials and recycled materials for mainly mason bees while giving the houses a more artistically interesting look.
This is a link to the stoop story telling piece I recently did on native bees.
https://www.stoopstorytelling.com/event/iida-breaking-boundries-loving-t...

  • Leafcutter bee (megachilde spp. )being released just after hatching (april 2019)

    Newly born leafcutter bee ready for release after spending the winter as larvae in my fridge.
  • Mason Bees laying eggs

    Mason Bees laying eggs in the tubes of a Solitary bee house constructed for the Art on the Farm workshop (2018)
  • Mason bee eggs after removal from tubes

    This picture shows mason bee (osmia bicornis) eggs before cleaning after removal from the cardboard bee tubes.(6" by 1/4") This batch was from a bee house constructed for the Art on the Farm workshop.
  • Leafcutter bee eggs in grass stems

    This picture shows leaf cutter bee eggs in grass stems, the eggs are surrounded by pollen and are separated by mud packs. This was from another bee house constructed at the Art on the Farm workshop and installed by my garden.
  • Mason Bee cocoons, cleaned (December 2018)

    These Mason Bee eggs, (which came from the Art on the farm workshop) were cleaned with a mild solution of water and bleach. They will be stored in a jar in the fridge until they are released in the warmer spring weather.
  • Bee house for native solitary bees

    This is the bee house I designed for use in parks and gardens around Baltimore, constructed by Dave Chicherio. The design shelters the replaceable 6" beetubes from the wind and rain. It is designed for use by mason bees (osmia spp.) and leafcutter bees (megachilde spp.) and constructed from cedar wood and other scrap wood.
  • leaf cutter bee after hatching (april 2019)

    This video shows a leaf cutter bee (megachilde spp.) a short time after hatching. I had kept the eggs in a small ice cream container in the fridge throughout the winter along with some mason bee eggs.
  • Mason bees (osmium bicornis) shortly after hatching (april 2019)

    This picture shows 2 mason bees (osmia bicornis) ready for release after hatching in a small ice cream container. They also spent the winter in my fridge.
  • Artist's garden

    Artist's Garden showing native plants; asclepias tuberosa (orange) and spegelia marilandica (red) top left, a mix of echinacea (purple and orange) on the right, and vernonia "iron butterflies" bottom left.
  • Healing Garden, Ashley Rehab Center

    In this project I designed a healing garden with pollinator plants (mainly native) for the Ashley Recovery Center in Havre De Grace. The stonework (installed by ILD) included a sunken patio and labyrinth.

Nature Art in the Park (Leakin Park) and Art on the Trail (Lake Roland Park),

These project are part of the Art on the Trail series of installations at Lake Roland Park, Baltimore and the Nature Art in the Park work on show in Leakin Park, Baltimore. (2014 to Present)

Box Constructions

Assemblages: Wood, stone, oil paint, sand, photographs, natural and manmade objects.

  • The age of flint 2005

    Box assemblage; collected flint, bottles, photographs, marbles, mirrors, geological drawings and text. 18" by 18"
  • BEE HOUSE (2018)

    BEE HOUSE (2018); This solitary bee house was made to accommodate mason bees and leafcutter bees. The tubes, where the bees will lay their eggs, were made from the invasive bamboo Pseudosasa japonica (on the outside) and cardboard (on the inside). The box is adorned with paintings and other artifacts. The House was shown at the Peale Center as part of the Baker Off the Web show.
  • Death by Cleavage 1991

    Box assemblage; stone, ruler. 12" by 16"
  • Death by Cleavage IV 1994

    Box assemblage; slate with red sandstone. 16" by 10"
  • The weathering of flint (pt. 1) (2005)

    Box assemblage constructed with flint,stonedust, wooden ruler.
  • White flint circle 2005

    Box assemblage; flint with sand and glue. 14" by 14"
  • Blakeney Point Box # L249 LF (2007)

    Box assemblage; flint, maps, stamps, compass, photographs of installations, sand 10"by 10"
  • Death by cleavage III 1992

    Box assemblage; Stone, crushed mica, toy tree, oil painting on board. 16" by 10"
  • Black Gold 1992

    box construction, stone, shadow box
    Box construction: red sandstone, mica, core sample (limestone), 35mm film, paintbrush, black and white photograph
  • Box sketches 2014

    A series of 4" by 4" box sketches, containing stone, geology maps, photographs, water sample bottles. This series was inspired by the anti-fracking campaign in MD and talks about the relationship between man and water pollution. This Piece won first prize in the bridges in science exhibition (2014) put on by Towson Arts Collective.

Mail Art

These are a selection of mail art cards (mainly pencil and watercolor) that in some cases have travelled great distances. I have always been facinated with mail art and have been sending small sketches and drawings to friends and fellow artists throughout the years. This is a selection I sent to myself and the art may end up as part of another project as has happened on many previous occations. Sometimes the postal stamps add an official feel to the artwork, thus changing the piece dramatically.

Earth Works installed in Reykjavik, Iceland and the UK

These photographs document 4 projects installed on the beach near Reykjavik airport, Reykjavik, Iceland, all involving the stone basalt. My fascination with Basalt goes back to my Studies and work in geology. Basalt for me represents the movement and creation of possible land masses through plate tectonics, an important part of Earth's geological history. Interestingly Reykjavic has imported yellow sand from the US to replace the black basalt sand native to Iceland, for use on one of it's recreational beeches.
2009 Basaltic Hexagon project; Basalt stones were collected and placed in a hexagonal pattern, each hexagon approx. 3ft in width. The pattern reflects the nature of basalt when emerging from the earth, it often forms large hexagonal layers. The installation was started at low tide, I then worked until high tide started to lap on to the completed hexagons.
2010 Basalt high tide markers; In this project I guessed at the position of high tide on the shoreline. Then basalt was collected and placed to mark high tide. The next day when I visited the installation and found that I had marked the high tide mark accurately; below the basalt stones on the ocean side the beach was frozen, above the stones on the landward side the basalt remained unfrozen.
2012 Basalt circle; Basalt was collected and placed in a 12ft diameter circle with a hexagonal shape in the middle, this was installed at low tide. At high tide the circle was slowly flooded out and destroyed.
2014 The worship of Basalt I and II; Location directly at the end of runway for Reykjavik airport. A large basalt boulder (approx. 3ft long) lying secluded from the surrounding rocks was selected for the installation. Small basalt stones with kelp attached were selected then dragged across the sand and placed with the stones facing the boulder. The action of dragging the stones across the sand (which had a light dusting of snow on it) left interesting lines on the beach. The installation was performed 2 times on consecutive days (high tide washing away the stones overnight); in part 1 a hexagon was formed around the boulder, in part 2 the shape was an outline of the boulder.
The remaining pictures are a selection on projects installed in the UK.

  • The worship of Basalt (pt. 1)

    Basalt, hexagon, stone, land art, earth art
    THE WORSHIP OF BASALT (Pt. 1) 2014 Installed on the Beach near Reykjavik airport, Reykjavik, Iceland. Basalt boulder surrounded by small basalt stones with kelp attached. The hexagonal shape reflects the form basalt takes when deposited in large layers on the sea floor.
  • The worship of Basalt part 2

    The small basalt pebbles encircle and pay homage to the boulder
  • The worship of Basalt

    Small basalt stones with kelp attached. The roots from the kelp were able to penetrate the porous basalt stones.
  • Basaltic Hexagon project 2009

    Basalt stones arranged in hexagonal form at low tide, late afternoon.
  • Icelandic Circle project 2012

    A 12ft diameter circle constructed with Basalt stones, the middle section was left open in the shape of a hexagon. Installed at low tide.
  • Basalt High Tide Marker 2010

    In this installation I walked along the beach at low tide and tried to guess at the location where high tide would come up to on the beach. Basalt stones were collected and placed to mark the positions. On return the next day I found my guesses to be correct, the atlantic ocean side of the stones were frozen while the landward side remained unfrozen. The effect was as if the stones had stopped the high tide at this point.
  • Chestnut Ivy installation 2014

    Installed on Bouldry's Island in the middle of the waveney river, which runs through Outney Common near Bungay, Suffolk, England. Chestnut "conkers" were attached to ivy hanging from a tree which had fallen, it's roots were eroded by the river.
  • Chestnut Ivy installation 2014

    Bouldry's Island in the river Waveney on Outney Common, near Bungay, Suffolk, England. Chestnuts attached to ivy hanging from a fallen tree.
  • Blakeney Point flint project #4 2007

    Photo looking along north/south axis of installation.
  • Marsh circle #2 2012

    Outney common, near Bungay, Suffolk, England. Cow manure circle 24ft in diameter.

American Installations

A selection of earthart works installed in the USA.
Here's a link to the Chesapeake Bay Magazine review of Art on the Waterfront (2018) featuring my Pollinator Hexagon V installation
https://chesapeakebaymagazine.com/art-on-the-waterfront-brings-inspired-...

  • Pollinator Hexagon IV

    Pollinator Hexagon IV (2018); Installed for the Art on the Waterfront show in Middle branch Park. The stone was delaware river gravel. Central zone; Rudbeckia maxima (giant coneflower) Middle zones; Echinacea purpurea "magnus" (purple coneflower) Outer zones Asclepias tuberosa (butterfly weed)
  • Jannis Kounellis stone wall 2002

    This wall was installed as part of the 2002 Arte Povera show in the Hirshhorn museum in DC. We followed the instructions of the artist to create a free standing dry laid wall that was visible from both sides using local stone, in this case western MD fieldstone.
  • Pollinator Hexagon V

    Installed at Adkins Arboretum on the Eastern shore of MD in 2018 for the Artists in dialogue with Nature sculpture exhibitio. The installation features found wood usded to construct the hexagon and native plants to attract pollinators.
  • Swalevine 2016, Adkins Arboretum,MD

    vines, non-native vines, native vines,
    This installation was part of the "Artists in dialogue with nature" outdoor invitational at Adkins Arboretum, installed in late spring/early summer 2016. The installation was constructed using mainly non-native grape vines cut from the surrounding forest. The vines were twisted together to form a long (approx 85'), snaking sculpture which followed the course of a swale which may have been a road at some point in time.
  • Blackwater project 2009

    North side of river This photo shows the leaves transported from the south side of the river and placed in a 10ft diameter circle on the north side of the Blackwater river. This piece talks about the runoff of fertilizer from farmland close to the river and the continuing pollution of the Chesapeake Bay.
  • Blackwater project 2009

    Southern side of river; Blackwater River on the Eastern shore of Maryland. This project involved transferring 2 circles of surface debris (10ft in diameter) from one side of the Blackwater river to the other. This was done using a kayak towing a small barge. This photo shows the fine mud transported from the north side of the river and placed in a circle on the south side.
  • Beach circles, Deer Isles MA 2009

    Circles in sand on the beach in Deer Isles. MA
  • Gunpowder River project 2007

    Installation on the Gunpowder river, Phoenix MD. Sneezeweed flowers, freshwater mussels and butterfly weed used to mark the mud cracks on the Gunpowder river. The mussels marked out a 20ft diameter circle on the river bed while the level was low.
  • Swalevine

    native plants, vines, non-native, earth art, land art, environmental art,
    Completed swalevine showing supporting branches dug into ground
  • Swalevine

    Detail of swalevine showing showing grape vines twisted together

Blakeney Point Flint Project #5 (cairn with fire and henge) Norfolk, England, 2007. Including the Blakeney Point Flint Project cabinet for the Artscape 2017 Fieldwork exhibition.


Installed on Blakeney Point, Norfolk, England, December 28th-31st 2007.
Exhibited as part of Artscape 2017 fieldwork group show.
Circle diameter 20ft, height of cairn 3ft
Blakeney Point Flint Project #5 was the culmination of 4 previous installations (or sketches) in exactly the same location on the western side of a large sand dune just above normal high tide. Flint was collected from the surrounding area and sorted into 6 colors; white, blue, light blue, black, tan, red. The position of the cairn and henge were marked, sand was excavated from the henge to form the mound for the cairn. The different colored flints were then placed to form the outer circle (white), henge (blue) and cairn (light blue, black, tan and red). Washed up vegetation (jetsam and flotsam) were placed in the henge.
Dry driftwood was collected and used to build a fire on the top of the cairn. The installation was a homage to the Neolithic stone circles found throughout the British Iles.