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Where’s the ART?

The PLOT was an initiative of the People’s Food Security Bureau, a group of artists, gardeners, students, active community members, and people interested in food security brought together in 2015 by artists Cora and Don Li-Leger to further the mission of integrating art and life through food. “With art at the center, they advocated artisanal agriculture, home cooking, and living in the oneness of all things.”

Many PLOT visitors have asked, where’s the art?

Cora and Don’s answer…

”The PLOT could be considered a piece of earth art, which does not involve art objects placed on the landscape (such as sculptures in a garden), instead the earth itself is used in creation of the art. Seen from the air, the PLOT, with its three components – a medicine wheel, radiating garden beds, and a formal square of wildness – makes a visual statement, speaking to the relationship of humans and the land.

But more importantly, the PLOT is a social practice art project. A movement that started in the 1960’s, social practice art involves social interaction that itself becomes the art. Social practice art exists quite outside the museum and gallery system. Instead, it involves the active participation of people to address social change. It has included projects such as renovating and enlivening derelict row houses in Houston Texas, starting a working farm complete with sheep and chickens on vacant land between San Francisco freeways, and holding tea parties to connect people the world over. Our intention with the PLOT, was to respond to issues of land use, environmental stewardship, fundamental needs, and human connections through active community participation and sharing.”

The Sacred Sentinels

Deborah Putman and Tracie Stewart’s “Sacred Sentinels” welcome all to the Medicine Wheel. They are made of cuttings from black walnut, yellow willow, red osier dogwood and some branches are painted white to include the FOUR CARDINAL COLOURS and the FOUR TRIBES of HUMAN-KIND symbolized in the Medicine Wheel. Many hands of the PLOT volunteers enabled Deborah Putman and Tracie Stewart to create their first collaborative Natural Public Art construction, using only wood branch cuttings, sisal, pine posts and fresh cedar branches.

Identity Masks

Deborah Putman’s masks are worn in the Medicine Wheel ceremonies. She writes that “to wear a mask enables one to embody the character of it. Some indigenous cultures utilized the mask for storytelling. For example, the person wearing the “raven” mask could move like a raven taking on its presence, giving power to the tale while sensing what it is like to BE a raven. We are made from basic elements of earth, air, water and fire. I wondered how it might feel to BE the element of fire, or the earth, the lightness of air or flowing water. Could a mask help to transform and build empathic character? Could it help explore and communicate an essential level of being?”

Selfie Boxes PopUp at the PLOT

This is the age of the selfie. Artists from the Z.inc Artist Collective created a diverse set of work to explore the idea of the selfie. People were invited to participate by taking selfies with the artwork in the boxes and sharing the images on social media. Laughter abounded.

The Wishing Tree

The Wishing Tree is a form of social and healing art, where the hearts of the community are engaged as a catalyst for healing, and for social change.

Living Sculptures

Our Sod Benches are as comfy as they are fun! Plus they are organic and environmentally friendly.

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