We had an incredible couple of clear days weather-wise (with rain on either side) for working out on the slope in Stanley Park where we installed the bionetting made over this past summer from English ivy crocheted and knit with community participation.
What an amazing, rewarding, hard-work installation it has been!
Nothing like spending two days scrambling up and down a steep hillside constantly hauling tools, tarps full of mulch, plants, digging holes, hammering cedar pegs and more- to remind one of the little muscles so seldom used in the small of the back and legs.
Today I have mountain goat shins
and well earned too.
It surprised me at the end of such a day, when the amazing people who have come out to assist said thank you.
I feel like I should be buying everyone a meal!
Bringing everyone home for a bowl of soup , or having ration cards for a massage therapist to hand out- wouldn’t that be nice?
I guess the cool thing is that everyone learned something; we all stepped out of our daily lives for a brief bit of time, and did something together that was creative and constructive that felt like we left the world in better shape then we found it when we each got out of our respective beds that morning.
What more can anyone ask for in a day really?
So thank YOU to everyone who participated over the summer and fall in pulling the ivy, making the netting and installing it.
I really and truly would not be able as an artist to do the work I do if it was not for the people like you who think this is cool, fun, important, interesting, a workout, challenging, a new experience- or whatever reason brought you out to participate- I am so glad you came.
iN THE MEANTIME, IF YOU ARE READING THIS, AND ARE A REGISTERED MASSAGE THERAPIST LOOKING TO DONATE YOUR SKILLS TO A WORTHY CAUSE- I HAVE THE CREW FOR YOU!
and now back the business of making art;
as the crochet and knit work we made biodegrades and the organisms in the ecosystem become my new collaborators, the soil created and contained on site becomes the art.