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The Story of the Brick

As posted today by the truly uplifting Daily GoodThe Story of the Brick is an inspiring reflection on art as a means of effective, positive change.

When a piece of art consisting of a porcelain brick arrived on the desk of key government officials during what is now known as the “California Water Wars” nobody knew it would change the course of environmental history. Years later, one of those officials, then head of California’s Resource Agency, recounted how a gift of artwork moved his heart, and rippled out to move the hearts of the people of California. Ultimately the landmark legal case to protect the Sierra’s Mono Lake prevailed and set important precedent for protection of natural resources. But how many people know the behind-the-scenes story of the brick that turned the tides when hope could not be found? Behold, the power of art! Read the full story at Daily Good.

The porcelain brick created by artist Deborah Small and received by Huey D. Johnson, and many other public officials, in the 1970s. Photo courtesy of Daily Good.

“Both Huey’s essay and Deborah’s artwork exemplify the role of environmental art, generosity and service as a catalyst for effective change. It’s where our culture needs to head. Art as service. Art with a job to do. A gift that continues to give…”

— Sam Bower, Founding Executive Director,

Good Happens.

Peace Grl Out.


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