site #44 owners Jennifer & Timothy at the end of the season

site #44 owners Jennifer & Timothy at the end of the season

…is the title of the story written by Wildflowering L.A. site #44 owner Jennifer Mandel, just posted on Zócalo Public Square

A few weeks ago, a guy from Wildflowering LA came to take away the sign; we had him take one last picture of us with it in our scraggly and faun-colored yard. We were sad to see it go. The few flowers that are still blooming miraculously from the scorched earth are proof that native plants can hold their own in this dry climate.”

On July 3rd, 2014, MAKE A RUG…

The Art Assignment video, featuring  Helio Oiticica's Parangolés

The Art Assignment video, featuring a cute animated story about Helio Oiticica’s Parangolés

…after watching the latest The PBS Art Assignment video - with author/vlogger John Green and curator Sarah Urist Green – featuring my assignment to make your own thick, heavy, soft, cushy, inviting crocheted rug just like the Domestic Integrities rug that’s been traveling around for the past few years - also a great opportunity to share the story of Hélio Oiticica’s parangolés which has been a revelatory inspiration (or inspiring revelation?).

On May 29th, 2014, WFLA ON MOCA TV…

Wildflowering L.A. video by MOCA TV

Wildflowering L.A. video by MOCA TV

…with a video going live today which was shot in part at site #22, the nearly one acre flagship site at the Los Angeles County Arboretum and Botanic Garden buzzing with wildlife. (and Wildflowering.org for all of the project details)


On May 28th, NEW STORIES…

WFLA on Off-Ramp

WFLA on Off-Ramp

…about Wildflowering L.A. – check them out at KCET’s ArtboundPolicyMic, and on KPCC’s Off-Ramp - plus the recorded conversations from our April 26-27 event.


Leif, Gautam, Luke, Felix, Ben, Travis, Keenan, Owen, and David looking like they just wandered out of the Mendocino woods

Leif, Gautam, Luke, Felix, Ben, Travis, Keenan, Owen, and David looking like they just wandered out of the Mendocino woods

…(Hélio Oiticica’s made-up word for his pieces, which is what I am calling my interlocking triangular knitted wearable sculptures – combo cape/caftan/scarf/shawl/vestment/wrap to be worn in public formations, mostly by tribes of guys) consisted of ten friends wrangled before the closing ceremony on the museum terrace at sunset last night, staged to be shot by Bay Area photographer Terri Loewenthal.


three Edible Schoolyard students occupy the center of their installation

three Edible Schoolyard students occupy the center of their installation

…on the rug (at The Berkeley Art Museum show ‘The Possible’) now around 30 feet in diameter, features over 20 pedestals thoughtfully arranged with this mornings fresh harvests by Edible Schoolyard eighth graders (plus two massive xylophones of scavenged wood by San Diego artist friend Keenan Hartsten), goodbye Berkeley and goodbye rug – not sure where you’re headed next…


the lesson today is Beets! and an Edible Schoolyard harvest ready for the museum

the lesson today is Beets! and an Edible Schoolyard harvest ready for the museum

…(the brilliant brain child of friend Alice Waters which feels like a real life utopia of free-range students) is where I am this afternoon with a class of seventh graders to gather harvests to  display on pedestals on the Domestic Integrities rug for the closing ceremony tonight – and they are taking it very seriously, though true to some cliches, as a few of the boys head right for the axes while a couple of the girls spent the hour arranging individual petals and seeds.


a moment in a movement activity on the rug

a moment in a movement activity on the rug

…with a few friends and a few brave and enthusiastic passers-by – where we make a living sculpture, taking turns coming out of it and responding with new positions – is a fun final activity (we lasted an hour, but I could really do all day long) on the rug before it is given a final installation by some Edible Schoolyard eighth graders with harvests from their gardens tomorrow for the closing.


a massive pedestal at The Possible with a curated selection of things made during the show

a massive pedestal at The Possible with a curated selection of things made during the show

…closing ceremonies this Friday of the hard-to-describe, village-like, amorphous, ephemeral, makerly, living/breathing show that has been evolving at the Berkeley Art Museum over the past four months, and soon to head north from home in LA to organize some final activities and installations on the Domestic Integrities rug.

On May 20th, 2014, BALES OF STRAW…

straw and hay bales piled high at the feed and seed

straw and hay bales piled high at the feed and seed 

…a favored source of garden bed and pathway mulch, is procured this afternoon from the nearby Glendale horsey feed and seed shop, prompted by some wilty annual veg plants suffering in the recent summer-like 100 degree temps.


Wildflowering L.A. show, April 26-27, 2014

Wildflowering L.A. show, April 26-27, 2014

…to those who made the culminating Wildflowering L.A. show/event last weekend possible…

Genny Arnold and Lili Singer (Theodore Payne Foundation) / Michelle Matthews and Veronica Franco (The Shed) /  Leigh Adams, Erin Harkey, Joshua Link, Tom McKenzie, Brooke Sauer, Andy Wilcox, Richard Schulhof (director, The Los Angeles Arboretum and Botanic Gardens)  / the volunteers Carolyn Gray Anderson, Noe Gaytan, Sara Abed, Ernesto Perez, Jeremy Jarrin, Alex Castellon, Siobhan Feehan, Josh Stone, Jamie Shi, Kate Gilbert, Jamie McAndrews, Claudia Borgna, Veronica Franco, Maya Gingery, and Kate Parsons / Jenn Su (Thank You For Coming) /  Roman Jaster (graphic design, posters and website) / Knowhow Shop (sign fabrication) /  Isabel Avila (photography) / Kristy Baltezore and Gabie Strong (KCHUNG) / Shamim Momin, Samantha Frank, Maryam Hosseinzadeh, and Laura Hyatt (LAND) / the support of the James Irvine Foundation.

On April 25th, 2014, A WILDFLOWERING L.A. VIDEO…


2014-04-25pomona-videojust posted today by Cal Poly Pomona Department of Landscape Architecture student Alejandro Castellon features some cool time-lapse images of site # 37 in their school courtyard, and will be included in our two-day show opening tomorrow.


2014-04-18-final-posters…spring show/events next weekend, April 26 & 27, for which I’ll be taping out a massive 40′ x 70′ freeway map of LA county, upon which the 50 sites will be marked by fresh wildflower cuttings – ideally brought by the owners themselves on Saturday – so that visitors will be able to take a mini wildflower tour…


A culminating exhibition of Fritz Haeg’s Wildflowering L.A. project, commissioned and organized by LAND (Los Angeles Nomadic Division) will take place on Saturday, April 26 and Sunday, April 27, 2014 at THE SHED (1355 Lincoln Avenue, Pasadena, 91103) Pasadena’s emerging space for urban agriculture, planning, permaculture, and land use by La Loma Development Company.  

2014-04-18-WFLAThe installation will feature flower cuttings and photos fresh from the project sites presented on a vast Los Angeles County map, along with project archives, artist-designed posters, educational activities for all ages, conversations with experts including representatives from the Theodore Payne Foundation and project participants, a live broadcast by KCHUNG, music by Pawing at the Ceiling, seasonal refreshments by Thank You For Coming, and more.  Check the project’s website, www.wildflowering.org, for  ongoing project updatesbackground informationwildflower resources, the map of all 50 sites, and streaming #wildfloweringla updates from Twitter and Instagram.
+ Large-scale map installation by Fritz Haeg to visually depict the expanse of the 50 Wildflowering L.A. sites across Los Angeles County with clippings from project participants, projections of site photos, archival materials, and artist-designed posters for ongoing viewing
+ Receptions at 4:30pm daily-Educational/family activities from 12pm-5pm for kids (but great for all ages and adults) including sensory stations, flower pressing, seed treasures, printmaking, exquisite corpse, a somatic creative movement class with Maya Gingery, and more
+ Music by Pawing at the Ceiling (Roman Jaster and Nicole Jaffe) on Saturday from 1-1:30pm
+ Conversations at 2pm, 3pm, and 4pm daily with experts, including representatives from the Theodore Payne Foundation and project participants
Saturday, April 26th
  • 2pm: Andy Wilcox, Associate Professor of Landscape Architecture, Cal Poly Pomona, Sites #37: Cal Poly Pomona and #38: York Blvd.
  • 3pm: Richard Schulhof, Director, Los Angeles County Arboretum and Botanic Garden, Site #22: LA Arboretum
  • 4pm: Leigh Adams, Sites #13: Westridge School, #14: Pasadena Casting Pond, and #22: LA Arboretum

Sunday, April 27th

  • 2pm: Joan M. Leong, Professor, Biological Sciences Graduate Program, Cal Poly Pomona  Pollinators Study
  • 3pm: Joshua Link, Landscape Architect, Ecotone Studios, Site #47: Eagle Rock Post Office
  • 4pm: Genny Arnold, Seed Program Manager, Theodore Payne Foundation, Site #21


the last Edible Estate (#15: Woodbury) in the April 2014 issue of National Geographic

the last Edible Estate (#15: Woodbury) in the April 2014 issue of National Geographic

…in April is a special thrill, since it was the journal that entered our home every month when I was growing up, and shaped my idea of the world.


Site #37: Cal Poly College of Environmental Design (photo: Isabel Avila)

In November 2013 owners of of 50 selected sites across Los Angeles county were prescribed one of four custom wildflower seed mixes based on their location. Participants were responsible for sowing, watering, weeding, and occasionally hunting gophers. Over the past few weeks we have been receiving reports from these Wildflowering L.A. sites. The first accounts of flowers came in early February, but with our early spring Southern California heat and sun kicking in, we have many sites experiencing their first waves of dramatic blooms. This will continue in secessional waves through June with various species coming up, flowering, and then receding as others take the stage.

Site #44: 478 E. Avenue 28, Lincoln Heights (photo: Isabel Avila)

On January 17th, 2014, our governor Jerry Brown declared a “drought state of emergency” in California. And while the orchards and fields that feed us are drying up in the Central Valley, our green lawns and flowing fountains down here in Los Angeles make it seem like everything is just fine. Perhaps the Wildflowering L.A. project might have been easier during a rainy El Niño year when our wildflowers really pop and Angelenos make the pilgrimage out to the flowing poppy fields of the Antelope Valley. Though it’s been a challenge, this drought period seems like the most appropriate and provocative time for us to really pay attention to the land we live on, to what really grows here, along with the whys, whens, and hows.

Site #27: 4237 Eagle Rock Boulevard

Participants have been sending their ‘bloom ratings,’ estimates of when their wildflower site might peak, some current snapshots, and general anecdotes about their experiences with the project. I have been compiling this information and adding it to our ‘map’ page, which will continue to be updated through June. Around that time the plants will start to dry up and set seed. Participants will be encouraged to let this cycle play out, allowing the meadows to gradually turn golden brown and broadcast seed for the next season.

Site #17: 1150 W. Grovecenter Street, Covina (photo: Isabel Avila)

From March to June 2014 you can take a tour to view the sites with the best displays which include homes, churches, schools, botanic gardens, public parks, vacant lots, and even a U.S. post office. All of the sites are visible from streets and public paths (but should not be entered). A prominent carved wood sign, inspired by state and federal park signage, identifies each site which range in size from 500 to 2000 square feet.

Wildflowering L.A. map / Bloom Ratings: Red = Excellent / Yellow = Good / Blue = Low to None

To help plan your tour, start on our interactive map page, and then download this PDF list of the most active sites organized by geographic region. And for the energetic cyclist crowd in North East L.A. – where there is an especially heavy concentration of sites – a special map for touring on two wheels has been created. Share your text and photo blooming updates with the Twitter and Instagram hashtag #wildfloweringLA, which will post directly to this webpage, where you can also see what people are finding at other sites across town.

Site #44: 478 E. Avenue 28, Lincoln Heights (photo: Isabel Avila)

Future Wildflowering L.A. programs include an installation/exhibition about the project presented April 26-27, 2014 at The Shed (1355 Lincoln Avenue, Pasadena 91103) hosted by La Loma Development; a late-June seed-sharing event; and a fall release event for a booklet telling the story of selected participating sites with before and after photos.

Site #28: 3847 DuRay Place, Baldwin Hills (photo: Isabel Avila)

Wildflowering L.A. sites were selected from an open call based on public visibility and distribution across the County. Owners of selected sites are given free native wildflower seed mixes at workshops in partnership with the Theodore Payne Foundation. Soil preparation, seeding, and wildflower tending were demonstrated, and one of four custom wildflower seed mixes was prescribed – Coastal, Flatlands, Hillside, and Roadside – inspired by Reyner Banham’s 1971 book, Los Angeles: The Architecture of Four Ecologies.

Site #25 – 2821 West View Street, West Adams (photo; Ryan Benoit, The Horticult)

For more information visit the ‘about’ and ‘resources’ pages of the website. And posted yesterday at The Horticult is a great tour of various project sites by Chantal Aida Gordon, Field of Dreams: ‘Wildflowering L.A.’ Turns Urban Sprawl Into Native, Magical Meadows.

Special shout-outs to Roman Jaster for the graphic design and website; the boys at the Knowhow Shop for the sign fabrication (and super idea of burning them, instead of staining them black); Isabel Avila for the official before and after photos; Lili Singer and Genny Arnold at the Theodore Payne Foundation for their support/expertise/enthusiasm; the ladies at LAND (Los Angeles Nomadic Division), Samantha Frank, Laura Hyatt, Maryam Hosseinzadeh, and especially Shamim Momin.

#40 – Carthay Center Elementary School, 6351 W. Olympic Boulevard (photo: Ryan Benoit, The Horticult)

Wildflowering L.A. is a native wildflower seed sowing initiative throughout Los Angeles County by artist Fritz Haeg. It is presented by LAND (Los Angeles Nomadic Division) in partnership with the Theodore Payne Foundation and supported by a grant from the James Irvine Foundation.

Phacelia tanacetifolia (Lacy Phacelia) from the Roadside and Hillside mixes (photo: Isabel Avila)




Sundown Schoolhouse comes home in 2014

Sundown Schoolhouse comes home in 2014

…and open call for applications for a radical seminary for communal retreat, embodied arts activity, and project development to inseminate Los Angeles with new forms of civic culture - visit the webpage for more details, the latest information and additional resources.

+ Now accepting applications for 9 to 13 spots to be filled on a rolling basis.
+ The summer session runs for 12 weeks from June 1st to August 24th, 2014.
+ We gather 7:30am to 7:30pm on a day of the week to be determined by the group.
+ Payment is in time or money, in any combination.

Almost 15 years ago my geodesic dome-topped place in the Glassell Park neighborhood of Los Angeles became the home of Sundown Salon gatherings catalyzing a nascent community of artists on the east side of the city and beyond. In 2006 it transformed into the eclectic programs of Sundown Schoolhouse which eventually left it’s home to become an itinerant evolving educational environment hosted by museums and art institutions. And now with the initiation of The Los Angeles Seminary for Embodied and Civic Arts, the regular activity and programming returns home. 


some instagram pics of us on the rug doing a durational movement activity throughout the opening

some instagram pics of us on the rug doing a durational movement activity throughout the opening

…tonight at the Berkeley Art Museum featured parades, masks, banners, and other things you need at an opening ceremony, and on the rug we did a durational movement activity with anyone who wanted to join (see 00:40 on this video from a 2009 project to get a sense of what it looked like), which was so much fun, I’d like to try it again with a big group and a time-lapse camera on a quiet afternoon before the show closes on May 24.


the Halprin's storied redwood dance platform

the storied redwood dance deck floating in the woods down the hill from the house that Lawrence Halprin designed for Anna

…at her Kentfield home/studio – where she has lived and worked since 1945 –  last night was a dream come true, joining around 30 other artists in the Berkeley Art Museum’s exhibition  The Possible for a few hours with my hero for some fun and energetic movement exercises.

By Fritz Haeg on February 26, 2014 | dance
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On February 25th, 2014, ‘OPEN ENGAGEMENT’…

my lecture at Open Engagement at Portland State University in 2012

my 2011 keynote at Open Engagement, Portland State University

…the annual social practice art conference – where I had the pleasure of keynoting with Pablo Helguera and Julie Ault in 20111 – founded by Jen Delos Reyes in Portland has a great blog of 100 daily questions – to which I contributed yesterday’s entry – leading up to this years edition to be presented at the Queens Museum in New York.

Open Engagement is the international conference that sets out to explore various perspectives on art and social practice, and expand the dialogue around socially engaged art making. It is directed and founded by Jen Delos Reyes. The 2014 Open Engagement conference is co-presented by the Queens Museum and A Blade of Grass, and takes place at the Queens Museum, New York Hall of Science, the Queens Theater, Immigrant Movement International, and various locations around New York. As in the past, Open Engagement will include a partnership with graduate programs featuring art and social engagement. This year this partnership will include a number of New York-based programs led by Social Practice Queens at Queens College, CUNY. Open Engagement is a free conference that will take place May 16–18, 2014.

By Fritz Haeg on February 25, 2014 | writing
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On February 24th, 2014, ‘THE ART ASSIGNMENT’…

The Art Assignment episode #1

The Art Assignment episode #1

…the just-premiered PBS-produced online video series visited me in LA today to film an upcoming episode, so get your old sheets, towels, clothes and textiles ready for your upcoming assignment. (tumblr / youtube)

By Fritz Haeg on February 24, 2014 | videos
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