The Exquisite Garden Project

 "if you want to build a ship, don't drum up people to gather wood, divide the work, and give orders. Instead, teach them to yearn for the vast and endless sea..."

Antoine de Saint-Exupery, from the Little Prince


Just like happened in Bakersfield, the Gardeners fell in love with Carlsbad and the people and community...lots of good Mexican food, and the old fashioned old school SOCAL surf culture made a nice mix. One goal of ours on this turn was to break down the barrier between the "artist" and the Museum pros, so, early on, I invited the director, curator, etc. to wear their work clothes anytime they wanted and come create with us. I also reached out to the local schools and grabbed a couple of aspiring artists, after assuring them that we weren't as scary as we looked. Finally, we enfolded a couple local established artists into our group. So, two things were accomplished, the integration of the Museum pros in the process, and the outreach to the local community, always a part of the Gardeners' Master Plan. As usual, the initial messy phase of noise, piles of junk, and improvisational panic was, well, messy. The director only looked like she wanted to run down to Mexico a couple times. Many Gardener heroes in this project, but new Gardeners 'lexi Boeger and BenVa St. Morris did wonders with yarn and weird other materials in making a giant spider web on to longtime Garden Star Sam Dantone's famous cardboard tree. Sam's wooden pallet trees are amazing as well. Gardeners Dan Brubaker and Holden Crane pulled off a dramatic maneuver in the last hours of the installation by stacking a bunch of closet doors together in to a couple of 14 foot columns...the verticality of these columns dramatically improved the entire installation.


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Gather       --      Inspire        --      Create