Jim Smith is a true Renaissance man. He is a land artist in the tradition of Andy Goldsworthy, a lighting designer, a creator of unique structures in the land, where people can experience themselves in spaces that are esthetically sensual and inspiring. He calls himself a “spatialist;”…one who creates outdoor spaces that invite wonder and delight.
Jim lived for 20 years as a nomad, resourcefully navigating life artfully. Living out of a camper with an enviable free form, low overhead existence, he was able to travel the world.
He built the world’s largest voluntary habitat, a cave for Mexican freetail bats called a Chiroptorium, which has been occupied by 400,000 bats. In 1980, Jim received a building arts grant from the NEA to create an Iris Window. He shared his lighting design expertise with a Japanese “living treasure’, at a royal cremation ceremony in Bali, with a juice parlor in Medellin, Columbia, and on Orcas Island in the San Juans.