Peter Richards

Peter Richards
Résidents Labex RFIEA+
pas Eurias

dates de séjour

15/03/2010 - 15/06/2010
15/03/2011 - 15/06/2011
15/03/2012 - 15/06/2012


Arts et études des arts

Fonction d’origine


Institution d’origine

Exploratorium de San Francisco (États-Unis)

pays d'origine


projet de recherche

Intersections : Land, Water & Culture

I propose to study the intersection between the waters of the Mediterranean Sea and the land that defines its shores in the Marseilles area. I want to explore the differences and similarities between this Mediterranean region and the Bay Area of California. Both share comparable climates, industries which were once or still are, maritime based, a strong science and research community and cultures which are defined by migrations of people throughout their respective histories. My study would include studying the intersections of cultural, ecological and environmental processes. Ultimately, I would want to find ways of physically expressing some of the commonalities between life in Mediterranean regions and the Bay Area in a manner that could lead to some shared understandings of the global aspects of the rapidly evolving nature of the physical world from a laymen’s point of view.




Peter Richards is an artist based in San Francisco, California, United States. He helds a MFA from Rinehart School of Sculpture, Baltimore, Maryland, United States. He is the recipient of the 2015 Americans for the Arts Award – Public Art In Review. 


"I have an interest in creating physical places that give people a heightened awareness of their surroundings.  I am interested in the contextual components that give meaning to a place and I like creating situations where people have a feeling of being in the moment, and a sense of being somewhere special.  I work to create places that encourage people to ask questions, to create their own stories, and draw their own conclusions.  I believe that feeling connected leads to a sense of ownership and to responsible behaviour. My working process follows an interactive model of gathering and exchanging information and ideas.  I particularly enjoy working with community groups and engaging people in dialogue about their visions for improving the places where they live and work.  I am interested in finding new ways of stimulating people’s thinking about the impact they have on their surrounds.  I believe this awareness leads to better decisions about these places and better stewardship. I like working with the dynamic elements of a site – the sun, the wind, the water; the systems connected to the larger whole.  At the same time, I pay attention to the site’s cultural history.  My work comes from an ongoing personal experimental process, which includes research and collaboration. A number of recent installations have been done with Sue Richards. Because each of our sites requires a unique language to bring them to life, our work does not have a signature visual style.  Our conceptual approach to each project is consistent throughout – the solutions have great variation in form, content and physical appearance".


Peter Richards


31/03/2011 - 18:30 - 21:00
27/06/2012 - 09:00 - 18:00
28/03/2011 - 10:00 - 29/03/2011 - 18:00