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About The Project

National Mall | January 1st – 7th, 2024

SHIFT AND CONSERVE, a week-long collaboration between LISA WOOD STUDIO and the World Land Trust, merges contemporary art with sustainability and challenges our views on consumption, interconnectedness, and global impact.

Importance of Time & Place

Alighting at midnight New Year’s Eve, as 2023 becomes 2024, the installation enables visitors to protect biodiversity and conserve wilderness directly on the spot, allowing the year’s first action to be one of enduring and universal impact. Positioned in the shadow of the Washington Monument, SHIFT reinterprets the American ideals of life and liberty through a 21st-century lens and highlights our responsibility to protect global communities most vulnerable to climate change, by linking our habits to global headlines.

Visitor Information & Location

Located on the Mall’s hardscape walkway adjacent to 7th Street, our docents will be available daily from 9:00 AM to 5:00 PM to engage the public in Q&A, discussing the installation and the work of the World Land Trust who is renowned for safeguarding endangered habitats and preserving diverse ecosystems worldwide.

SHIFT: The Artwork

SHIFT, an 11-foot by 6.5-foot neon and steel frame, presents an oscillating message, illuminating the urgent need for a shift in our collective mindset away from mindless consumption towards instinctual conservation. By prompting a deeper understanding of our individual habits and their far-reaching consequences, SHIFT calls for a perspective in which sustainability becomes integral to our daily choices.

SHIFT (2022), the project’s artwork, is inspired by ‘A Life on Our Planet,’ the 2020 documentary by WLT patron Sir David Attenborough.

Artist – Lisa Wood

Lisa’s cross-disciplinary practice focuses on narratives of societal progress, purpose, and sustainability in the 21st century. Delving into themes of discomfort, displacement, and the focus of our attention, her work is influenced by over three decades of living next to one of the largest wilderness areas and few Dark Sky Reserves in the US.

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Our Team

Hallie Stapleton

Communications Coordinator

Hallie began her professional journey as Sports Logistics Manager for the Atlanta Committee Olympic Games, where she honed her skills in coordinating large-scale events and managing teams. Following this, she has played key roles in communications and managing national projects in the talent industry, earning her the moniker ‘Finder of Keepers.’ Hallie graduated from Georgia State University with a Bachelor’s in Journalism and Mass Communications. Inspired by Idaho’s breathtaking scenery, Hallie has cultivated a strong bond with the natural world and a dedication to its sustainability.

Kimmy Cantley

Onsite Logistics Coordinator

One of Kimmy’s strengths is in mastering and deploying new technologies and processes, along with guiding others in their adoption. At J.R. Simplot Company, Kimmy focuses on implementing new systems, and training others in their use, while servicing national accounts under tight deadlines. Apart from her professional responsibilities, she dedicates time to a computer science degree and to growing her art practice, complementing her Art Therapy background from Columbia Basin College.

Abby McGinley

Director, Docent Program

Majoring in Studio Art at the University of New Hampshire, Abby combines her passion for arts with a commitment to education. As a volunteer at the New Hampshire Pottery Guild, she contributes to the local arts scene. Abby is on track to graduate from the UNH in the Spring 2024.

PK Rogers

Event Coordinator

Beginning her career at the Atlanta Olympic Games as the Entertainment Manager for the Olympic Village, PK has since accumulated extensive experience in event management. She went on to lead the Virginia Highlands Summerfest, one of the largest art festivals in the Southeast, and organized the 100th Anniversary event for Georgia Tech’s School of Architecture. A Berry College alumna, she earned her degree in Public Relations.

Amariah Adams

Web Project Manager

Amariah is a seasoned Developer and UX Designer, holding a degree in Human-Computer Interaction from Whitworth University. With over half a decade of hands-on experience in diverse tech environments including product-based and agency-based companies, as well as free-lance projects, Amariah combines technical expertise with a keen eye for user-centric design.

Sophie Lizberg

Visual Creative Director

Sophia Lizberg is the owner and founder of Little Things Creative in Boise, Idaho. She earned a degree in Graphic Design from Whitworth University. With a blend of creativity and strategic thinking, Sophia boasts over seven years of expertise in brand design, editorial design, and agency work. Her passion lies in crafting visually compelling narratives, ensuring every project is a unique reflection of her commitment to storytelling and innovation.