In recent years, it seems nature has made a comeback in art, pushing into the often synthetic realms of Minimalism and conceptualism,
in their latest iterations, like vines growing over an abandoned building. That this is occurring while we, on a broader societal level,
blithely asphyxiate the planet is no coincidence. Many of the artists featured in this issue share a preoccupation with the natural
environment, although theirs is not exactly what we would call environmental art: it is, rather, one that admits nature, be it in the
form of a garden, the sea, bones, or shells.
Whatever the state of the planet, the state of sculpture is robust. On pages 10 and 11, we detail some of the responses to last
April's International Sculpture Day, which generated some 4,065 posts on social media, reaching close to 9 million people. So much
for the present. If, however, you want a glimpse at what the future of art holds, look no farther than page 52, where we spotlight
our student award winners. Continue the conversation at the annual ISC conference in Philadelphia, where places are still available
to hear the keynote address by Doris Salcedo.