" THE WONDER PROJECT "
COLLABORATION FROM MAY 2 THROUGH MAY 3, 2015 - - -
ABOUT THE PROJECT
The WONDER PROJECT in corporates an idea called "concrete poetry " ( circa 1960's ) wherein the physical shape and structure of the letterforms and sentence structure in a phrase or poem have significant weight in the meaning of the poem. The Exquisite Gardeners wracked their collective brains coming up with a single evocative word that would mean many things to many people, thus WONDER! Over two days a collection of "civilian" volunteers in the very active community of Mission Viejo in Southern California will adorn the six foot tall letters we Gardeners built with personal experiences and insights regarding the notion of WONDER. A portion of the letters will be covered with Van Gogh - inspired garden images. Altogether, this project helps the Gardeners move into an ever expanding mission of bringing wonder , experience , and creative experiences to artists and "civilians". We look forward to the weekend of May 2 and 3!
"A Visible Transparency Project" ---
Opens June 28 through September 21, 2014
Museum of Craft and Design
The Museum of Craft and Design is located at
2569 Third Street (between 22nd and 23rd), in the historic American Industrial Center in San Francisco's vibrant Dogpatch neighborhood.
Tuesday and Wednesday 11 - 6
Thursday 11 - 7
Friday and Saturday 11 - 6
Sunday 12 - 5
About the Project
The Exquisite Gardeners: A Visible Transparency Project is open to the public during installation. Museum visitors will enjoy watching the Exquisite Gardeners work within an atmosphere of unstructured time, aesthetic free play, and radical creativity. The Exquisite Gardeners: A Visible Transparency Project will transition from Joe's sculptural work, which surveys his solo journey, into the Garden, an onsite installation created by a team of Exquisite Gardeners. Alchemy occurs in the Garden when non-traditional materials such as rags become flowers, ropes became snakes, and rusty metal is transformed into an altar. The spirit of collaboration honors individual contributions to the growth of the Garden — all the Gardeners leave their shoes and their egos at the door when they enter the Garden.
At the end of the week long installation, everyone will admire a heroically scaled, unstructured work of art that sparkles, shines and exists for its own sake, like a three-dimensional poem. Both Museum visitors and Gardeners will feel creatively invigorated and all will ponder how they might creatively contribute to the next "garden" they will undoubtedly come upon.