Thursday, June 28, 2012

Chicago's 12 at Garfield Park Conservatory

Chicago's Twelve at Garfield Park Conservatory opening Wednesday, August 8 from 6-8pm!  Also, there will be a Chicago's Twelve Artist Talk at the Garfield Park Conservatory on Wednesday, October 24th at 6pm for Chicago Artist Month.

This is my first idea for a piece that could be located outside.

My second idea.  I have yet to get the go ahead for either of them but I have probably 2 weeks to get these done.  I am going to have to be speedy.

Monsanto Seeds

The materials I would use would be  recycled wood, metal, glass jars, and clay sculptures of corn, alfalfa, wheat, soybeans, canola, cotton, sugar beets and sorghum.  These are the 8 GMO seeds Monsanto produces on an incredibly large scale.   The glass mason jar is used to preserve foods.  Having the plants in the jars is a reminder to save and preserve their natural make-up.  Plants are brought to peoples attention when they are in the Garfield Park Conservatory and this piece serves as a reminder to recognize the history and future of these 8 seeds.

Heirloom Fruits and Vegetables

The Garfield Park Conservatory contains some plants that are over 300 years old.  They also display plants that many viewers did not know exist.  Placing these heirloom fruits and vegetables in the Garfield Park Conservatory will educate viewers about edible plants that seem strange and have been around for over 50 to 100 years.  The materials would be made of recycled fabric and twine to hang from the ceiling.

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