Ruben Olguin: Sculpting with the Science of Nature 

at Explora, for ages 5 & up

In this hands-on workshop, students used natural materials found in our backyards to create their very own erosion sculptures that are visual representations of the effects of climate change on the Southwest. Students learned about earth systems, water conservation, rock types from the Rio Grande Valley, hydrologic systems, erosion, and impacts of human activity on the regional hydrosphere, lithosphere, biosphere and atmosphere.

Olguin Ruben biopicRuben Olguin, an artist working in earth materials and electronic media, creates earth sculptures of foraged materials that incorporate electronic components.  He uses local history, geography, geology and contemporary electronic materials to contract the old traditions of New Mexico with the impending modern world, allowing the natural world to interpret mechanical noise.


516 ARTS, the National Hispanic Cultural Center and Explora are teaming up with STEMarts Lab @ The PASEO to offer the hands-on art workshops about climate change to local schools as well as the general public with guest artists Abbey Hepner and Ruben Olguin from the PASEO festival.  


Image: Ruben Olguin, Songs of Our Fathers: Sound Pots, 2014, foraged micaceous clay, microphones, speakers