Sagebrush thrives in amazingly harsh landscapes, of relentless winds, volatile temperatures and a thirst seldom quenched by showers, as do its human neighbors. How does this hardy shrub charm the landscape into supporting such amazing diversity? Shrub canopies rein in the wind, dropping snow, rain, leaves, seed, insects, spores, soil particles and litter near shrub bases, accumulating a richness of raw materials. Canopies shade and protect the ground beneath them, reducing water loss, allowing seedlings a start, hosting insects and microbes and hiding mothers on the nest. In time, accumulations beneath shrubs become part of soil richness, allow the plant roots to reach out into surrounding soils. As sagebrush roots explore surrounding soils, they pull nutrients closer, creating fertile islands that soften the landscape’s harshness and feed life into populations of neighbors. Even in death, roots infuse soils with nutrients for micro- invertebrates, burrowing mammals and insects and soil microbial communities. Sagebrush roots soften the harshness of our extreme environment to harbor a community of neighbors and build a rich world. In Community Roots, we ask the viewer, “How do your roots nourish your community?”They are invited to write on laser-cut roots so they may help complete the wall sculpture. Sagebrush and shrubs in general are often perceived as ‘less than a tree’ or ‘interrupting’the grasslands—in other words, as nuisances.They obstruct human and animal movements through the landscape, reduce forage production and, some think,are visually “messy.”Historically,land managers throughout the West have worked to remove shrubs from many western rangelands.Yet there are some ties of humans to shrub lands: appreciation of landscape diversity,wildlife habitat and watershed function. Uses of landscapes depend on our societal values, our continually shifting ways of envisioning the landscape. In Home on the Range, a large prairie image is shown with all of its shrubs removed. The surface behind this image is metal, and we have provided shrub magnets so the viewer can arrange them in desired locations. Where do the shrubs fit and why? Ode to the Shrub Ashley Hope Carlisle & Ann L. Hild Community Roots Ashley Hope Carlisle & Ann L. Hild Steel, Paper, Laser-Cut Cardboard 2016 Home on the Range Ashley Hope Carlisle & Ann L. Hild Steel, Magnets, Photos, Poplar, Aged Pine 2016