George Trakas (born 1944 in Quebec, lives and works in New York) is an artist who describes himself as an environmental
He was awarded a grant from the American Foundation for Contemporary Arts in 2017, a Guggenheim Fellowship in 1982 and was named Doctor of Humane Letters by Emory University in 2010. Trakas was a professor of Sculpture at Yale University for thirteen years. He participated in Documenta 6 and 8 in Kassel (1977 and 1987) and in the 39th Venice Biennale in 1980.
Among his most notable emblematic, perennial works are, in the United States, Newtown Creek Nature Walk
and Newtown Creek Water Treatment Plant
in Brooklyn, New York; Beacon Point
, Dia Beacon; Berth Haven
, Seattle, Washington; Source Route
, Atlanta, Georgia; Rock River Union
, ArtPark, Lewiston, New York; Rhodes' Bridge
, Katonah, New York; Isle of View
, Amherst, Massachusetts. In Europe, Reconnections
, Bellmulet, Ireland; Self Passage
, Louisiana Museum, Denmark; Sentiero dell'amore
, Collezione Gori, Italy; Le Pont de l'Épée
, centre d'art Le Creux de l'Enfer, Thiers, and Le Quai des Trois-Dents
, regional park of Pilat, with art3/Valence, France.