Bonnie Sherk

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Bonnie Ora Sherk working with kids at A Branch Living Library & Think Park

Bonnie Ora Sherk is an American landscape architect, planner, educator, international artist, and founder of "The Farm" and "A Living Library." Sherk is a professional artist who exhibits her work in museums and galleries around the world. Her work has also been published in art books, journals, and magazines.


Sherk is a developer of a systemic, place-based approach to environmental transformation and education which links systems - biological, cultural, technological. Integrated with such innovations, like Green-Powered Digital Gateways, Sherk's approach incorporates interdisciplinary, standards-based, hands-on learning, community ecological planning and design, and state-of-the-art communications and technologies.[1] Sherk's goal is to integrate local resources: human, ecological, economic, historic, technological, and aesthetic - seen through the lens of time - to make relevant ecological transformations, which are integrated with hands-on learning opportunities and community programs.[2]

Sherk participated in the 2017 Venice Biennale, Viva Arte Viva, May 13 - November 16, 2017.[3][4]


In an interview with Peter Cavagnaro, Sherk shares her love and passion for the environment. She believes that the environment is a "beautiful" and "diverse" place and that it is the most practical place for art and to create transformation, because it has the ability to reach communities near and far.[2]

Major works[edit]

A Living Library[edit]

A Living Library[5] is Sherk's ongoing work[6] that consists of transforming environments -buried urban streams and asphalted public spaces, into thriving art gardens. She has transformed these spaces in order to build education centers for children in communities in San Francisco and New York City.[7][7]

Public Lunch[edit]

Public Lunch[8][9] was one of Sherk's most well-known performance pieces. The piece consisted of Bonnie eating lunch in cages with various animals, such as lions and tigers, at the San Francisco Zoo. She did this on a Saturday at 2pm, during normal feeding time and prime spectator watching.[2]


  1. ^ "Bonnie Ora Sherk". Weadartists. Women's Environmental Artists. Retrieved 13 November 2014.
  2. ^ a b c Cavagnaro, Peter. "Q & A :: Bonnie Ora Sherk and the Performance of Being". blook. Retrieved 13 November 2014.
  3. ^ "Bonnie Ora Sherk and A Living Library Receive International Recognition at Venice Biennale 2017". 2017-09-08.
  4. ^ "La Biennale di Venezia - Artists". Archived from the original on 2017-06-29. Retrieved 2017-02-22.
  5. ^ "A Living Library – Cultivating the Human and Ecological Garden | ROOSTERGNN". ROOSTERGNN. 2014-09-09. Retrieved 2018-07-12.
  6. ^ "Focus Areas". WCPUN. 2011-10-25. Retrieved 2018-07-17.
  7. ^ a b "Bonnie Ora Sherk". Green Museum. Retrieved 13 November 2013.
  8. ^ "Writing". Christian L. Frock. Retrieved 2018-07-12.
  9. ^ Frock, Zimbardo, Christian, Tanya (2015). Public Works Artists' Interventions 1970s - Now. Mills College Art Museum. pp. 116, 117.