spring garden installation

Yesterday’s book signing at the Center for Maine Contemporary Art was just one of the events we put together for children and families in the community. There was a live performance by the mesmerizing duo Casual Arcane, face painting, a children’s art exhibition, and a wall installation, that I created in the stairwell below.

The idea was simple: two colors of green tape, stretching and growing up the walls + scratchboard butterflies and flowers = a unique, community-created spring garden.

It took a couple of hours to set the tape up onto the wall. And it took a few more hours to cut out 300 butterflies and flowers from scratchboard squares.

Once I completed the vines (and this is something that one could obviously continue forever, taping every which way up, out, and around every available surface), I added a few flowers and butterflies, way up high.

We added a sign…

set up the table in the ArtLab

and in came the children and their families.

As the kids left the ArtLab, they added their creations to the wall…

Scratchboard… How can you live without it?!