Tuesday, November 20, 2007
Mission Greenbelt Campaign Headquarters
Saturday afternoon, between the bus shelter and the Veterans Building on the corner of McAllister and Van Ness, a group of young people were digging up a public lawn...
...and installing "native plants" along with empty squares to create a walkable garden.
It turned out to be an ecological art project called "Mission Greenbelt Campaign Headquarters" (click here for more details)...
...created by Amber Hasselbring (click here for her "art-eco" homepage), the blonde above on the left.
She was accompanied by a dozen or so volunteers putting donated plants into the ground, and they were being fed for their labors. They seemed to be enjoying themselves immensely.
When I asked them if it had been a problem getting permission for digging up a sacred War Memorial Performing Arts Center lawn, they professed amazement at how smoothly the whole process had gone with the Art commissioners.
Inside the Art Commission gallery in the Veterans Building, there is an exhibition and instructions on how to create an urban garden on your own sidewalk...
...along with a few do's and don'ts (click here for the site).
The garden is unfortunately "temporary art," and is scheduled to be taken out and presumably replaced by the lawn on December 22nd. If you're in the Civic Center before then, check it out.