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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'Sundown Schoolhouse of Queer Home Economics' at the Hayward Gallery, London, 2012

‘Sundown Schoolhouse of Queer Home Economics’ at the Hayward Gallery, London (2012) in mobile schoolhouse soon be installed back home in LA

…is the name of the very soon-to-be-announced enrollment program starting this summer up on Sundown, where we are now adding a second geodesic dome (a 19′ diameter canvas structure which has been traveling as the mobile Sundown Schoolhouse for the past few years from the Hayward Gallery in London to the Liverpool Biennial to The Walker Art Center in Minneapolis) to the ‘campus’ as a dedicated space for the new program, but more on that later…

On February 22nd, 2014, A ‘WILDFLOWERING L.A.’ OPEN HOUSE…

a winter's day picnic in the wilds of the L.A. foothills

a winter’s day picnic in the wilds of the L.A. foothills

…this hot sunny winter’s afternoon brought together participants from many of the 50 sites across the county to the wild foothills of the San Gabriel Mountains of the Theodore Payne Foundation (a favorite place in the Los Angeles area, a special sanctuary to consider what our land was like before it was urbanized, and a primary inspiration for the Wildflowering L.A. project) for a short native gardening talk, a hike up the hill to see Theodore Payne Foundation’s own Wildflowering L.A. site while drinking some freshly picked native plant tea infusions of sage and Yerba buena, but the best part was checking out the photos of everyone’s wildflower sites which they were showing off like baby pictures.

On February 21st, 2014, SITE #27…

Wildflowering LA site #27

Wildflowering LA site #27

…on Eagle Rock Boulevard below my hill is the Wildflowering L.A. site – of the 50 spread across Los Angeles county – that I pass most often, and today I notice at least four or five different species in bloom, though probably another four to six weeks from peak bloom?

On February 16th, 2014, ANOTHER SUNDAY BRUNCH IN LA…

fresh local ingredients in the kitchen

fresh local ingredients in the kitchen

…another delicious rice tumeric porridge with fresh greens at Atwater Village artist-run cafe Thank You For Coming.

On February 15th, 2014, SQUAMUGLIA CAFE…

money and candy payments on the garage floor

money and candy payments on the garage floor

…is a very occasional (open one day every few weeks 10am-2pm and 10pm-2am) very underground (garage) very small (one car space) artist project in the Westlake neighborhood of LA – which we finally had the chance to visit today – with a new installation, furniture, lighting, concept (raw red meat on the cafe tables and coffee was dyed red today for Valentines today) each time with casual contributions left on the ground to keep things legal and announced the day before by a cryptic email to those on the list.

By Fritz Haeg on February 15, 2014 | food, Los Angeles
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Sundown Schoolhouse comes home in 2014

Sundown Schoolhouse comes home in 2014

…to Los Angeles this summer from June 1 to August 24th with a re-launched and re-configured to-be-announced 12 week enrollment program at the dome-headquarters that sort of picks up where we left off in 2006, with an open call for applications coming soon. (sign up for the email list to hear it first) sundownschoolhouse.org

On February 4th, 2014, A ROOFTOP GARDEN VISIT…

chard and the skyline

chard and the skyline

…in downtown Los Angeles with rooftop farming friend Annie Novak (who is doing research for an upcoming book) was an inspiring/informative discovery, understanding how to grow food in this extreme industrial environment we were nerding-out on issues of irrigation, pollination, germination, decomposition, and general soil / air quality.

By Fritz Haeg on February 4, 2014 | gardens
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On February 2nd, 2014, THE BERKELEY RUG RING…

rug with crocheters and mandarines in the center

donated clothes ready to be crocheted and mandarines in the center

…is coming along (beginning where we left off at the Walker Art Center in Minneapolis, where about 8 feet was added), midway through an intense rug-crochet weekend, training my Domestic Integrities Rug Deputies in the official technique, which they will then instruct to museum visitors when I’m not around during the four month run of the show.

On February 1st, 2014, THE BEGINNING OF ‘THE POSSIBLE’…

'The Possible' artists meeting on the rug

‘The Possible’ artists meeting on the rug

…the village-like colonization of the beautiful brutalist Berkeley Art Museum by a community of makers organized by artist David Wilson - along with director Larry Rinder – was marked this morning by a gathering on the rug of the artists, before a tour of the show which includes a ceramics studio, dye lab, print shop, recording studio, reading library, and kids room – cool.

On January 31st, 2014, BREAKFAST IN BERKELEY…

kumquats, kale, avocado, spelt bread, fig marmalade, coffee, honey, lemon, lime, salt, apples, papaya

kumquats, kale, avocado, spelt bread, fig marmalade, coffee, honey, lemon, lime, salt, apples, papaya…

…always tastes better, where we are preparing for the installation of the traveling Domestic Integrities rug at the Berkeley Art Museum as a part of The Possible curated by artist David Wilson.

On January 29th, 2014, A PELICAN FORMATION…

Pelican formation

Pelican formation

…overhead on a Malibu beach.


By Fritz Haeg on January 30, 2014 | animals
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various apparatus for the I + We Movement Workshops as H.R.

various apparatus for the I + We Movement Workshops as H.R.

…presented by Robby Herbst at Human Resources – LA’s favorite community artist-run performance/art space – for ten days of activities, is where I went tonight to join a group of eight mostly familiar friendly faces for a couple hours of activity and conversation around general ideas of collectivism.

I + We is an experimental and participatory (political) movement workshop. Borrowing techniques from dance, social sculpture, and new games, the structured hour and-a-half experience explores collective identity, play, and movement. Workshops  will include “floor work” and the use of “play apparatuses;” slides, ladders, masks, and restrictive toys. Sociologist Alberto Melucci suggests that in today’s alienated culture people find deep meaning and power through group identities that emerge through political social movements. 

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