Project: Some animal and plant populations are also disassociated from the habitats they occupy. They, too, have become dependent on systems designed by humans.

Project: Some animal and plant populations are also disassociated from the habitats they occupy. They, too, have become dependent on systems designed by humans. Consider potted orchids on an Arizona windowsill, or tropical fish in an aquarium in North Dakota, or tomatoes growing year round in a greenhouse in Maine. Create a model of an artificial habitat that is designed as life support for a plant or animal. Present it as a metaphor for the prevailing human/habitat relationships in industrialized societies.   

Research / Discussion: A habitat is an environment in which a particular organism lives. Ten major habitats are identified by the World Wide Fund for Nature (WWF). Some of the artworks that appear in this section address WWF classifications: Polar regions, temperate forests, mountains, bogs, oceans, and rivers.  Other artworks address habitats that do not appear on the WWF list. These include biotopes, the built environment, inner cities, pastures, orchards, and gardens. These excluded habitats share one significant characteristic – they are all designed and constructed by humans.  Select three artworks located in habitats contrived by humans. Explain:
 
-Which species are welcome in the habitat because it was designed to encourage their growth and reproduction? 
 
-Which species are tolerated because they neither help nor interfere with the habitat’s functions? 
 
-Which species are excluded or exterminated by humans?