BY JENNY KENDLER
PUBLISHED BY CANDOR ARTS
4" x 7.25" x .5", 160 pages, perfect hardbound. Foil stamped cover and spine.
Printed and bound in Chicago, IL.
Contains letterpress bookmark of poetry by Dave Snyder, printed by April Sheridan
Design by Matt Austin and Jenny Kendler
GREEN ZONES: Moments of Wonder in the Forests of Nosara is a community co-created project and artist book, which aims to share and protect the unique tropical dry forests of Nosara, Costa Rica.
As Artist in Residence with non-profit NRDC, Jenny Kendler was asked to create a project inspired by Nosara’s unique ecosystem. Generously supported by the Pacific Foundation, two research trips in the rainy season of 2015 and dry season of 2016 immersed her in this region’s globally rare tropical dry forests. Unlike the vanished jungles of nearby towns, these forests which are known colloquially as the Zonas Verdes or Green Zones, had been spared through lucky circumstance. Without the federal protection provided to the nearby Ostional Wildlife Reserve, a diligent community group called the Nosara Civic Association, has managed to defend these lands—and the old-growth trees and multitude of species they contain—from the pressures of development for 40 years.
To encourage more people to intimately experience these special forests, as a way to create understanding and care, Kendler and her collaborators organized a series of free walks led by mindfulness professionals and conservation biologists. During these walks, community members were asked to make a photograph—using their camera to re-sensitize rather than dull their vision. Alongside a poem written for the book by Dave Snyder, the community’s photographs were compiled into this handmade artist book, co-designed and published by Matt Austin of Candor Arts.
Printed in accordance with the underlying ethos of the project, these bilingual books were printed with an eco-friendly inking process on 100% post-consumer recycled paper, include hand debossed, foil-stamped and letterpressed elements—and are hand-bound in the Candor Arts studio in Chicago. Profits from sale of the book support the Nosara Civic Association’s work to protect the Green Zones into the future for humans and non-humans alike.