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CaptionThis public art project is the start of a large-scale urban earthwork that involves replacing sidewalks with native plant life to establish a connective greenbelt between the Mission District’s two largest parks: Franklin Square Park and Dolores Park. The greenbelt will be a narrow landscaped strip running east west through neighborhoods now lacking public green spaces. Visually the greenbelt will be reminiscent of the now landfill-covered Mission Creek with a stream of planted vegetation separating pedestrians from cars. The artwork will begin with a public awareness campaign of volunteers. The volunteers will walk along the proposed Mission Greenbelt and talk with residents about the Sidewalk Landscaping Permit; legislation passed just last year that allows property owners to replace sidewalks with plant life. The awareness campaign’s aim is to find at least one property owner who lives along the proposed Mission Greenbelt interested in providing an 8’ x 8’ plot of sidewalk to replace. Once the permit and plot have been approved there will be a groundbreaking ceremony followed by a forum on environmental art and urban ecology at the site. For the forum I will invite Josiah Clark to speak about the ecology of San Francisco’s open spaces Ledia Carroll to speak about her research on the history of Mission Lake and Mission Creek Amy Franceshini to speak about her artwork Victory Gardens Bonnie Sherk to speak about her artworks The Farm and A Living Library and Joshua Short to speak about the ideas that inspired Hypersea. The completion of this first segment of greenbelt will inspire residents to take this urban earthwork into their own hands by replacing the adjacent sidewalks. The forum during the groundbreaking will support artists and naturalists by giving them an opportunity to share their work with local residents who will in turn benefit by being exposed to creative ideas put into action in the city where they live.
HeadlineReplace an 8’ x 8’ square of sidewalk with native greenery
Copyright Noticeart-eco.org
Date Created09/26/2007
URLhttp://www.art-eco.org

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