A Celebration of the World’s Barrier Islands
A Celebration of the World’s Barrier Islands

by Orrin H. Pilkey with batik art by Mary Edna Fraser
Columbia University Press, 2003

I have been committed to working with Dr. Orrin Pilkey since our first meeting in 1993.  Our mutual concerns culminated with Columbia University Press publishing A Celebration of the World’s Barrier Islands with favorable reviews worldwide. This collaboration has given us 12 exhibitions and numerous lectures in major art museums and universities including Duke University Museum of Art “A Celebration of Barrier Islands: Restless Ribbons of Sand.” The National Academy of Sciences, The National Science Foundation, National Geographic and the Smithsonian National Air and Space Museum featured this work. Our current book and exhibition project is Our Expanding Oceans exploring elements of global change.

“Delicate renderings of the islands by artist Mary Edna Fraser look like vivid aerial-view paintings but are actually batik prints of the coasts, counterbalancing Pilkey’s careful study of the ‘restless ribbons of sand.” –New Yorker

“Pilkey provides an informative guide to the wheres and wherefores of barrier islands — from the vacation meccas off the east coast of North America, to the exotic carbonate archipelagos of Mozambique, to the ice-battered slivers of tundra that line the Arctic Ocean. Aerial and satellite photographs illustrate each geological peculiarity that the text brings into focus, but the most remarkable images in the book are the batiks created by Mary Edna Fraser.” –Natural History

“Pilkey’s and Fraser’s collaboration produces an emotional response to the beauty of our planet, one which proves that science and art can together deepen understanding.”

-Linda Kaun, Fiberarts Magazine