2012 March

On March 31st, 2012, THE EVERTON PARK BOWL…

the expansive interior of the bowl at Everton

…or crater, or hollow, or dell, or valley, or however we will be calling it, is the newly selected site of what will hopefully be an ambitious long-term project I’ll start this spring – commissioned by the Liverpool Biennial – to start imagining a transformation of the park in collaboration with local partners and residents and Field Operations – perhaps featuring tests with food gardening, cooking, tours, wildlife restoration, native wildflower plantings, archeology digs, performances, and maybe even a pond, stay tuned.

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On March 30th, 2012, A VISIT TO EVERTON PARK, LIVERPOOL…

community members meeting (left), and a first step towards food production near the park (right)

…gets the day going right off the plane – for meetings with community members about their concerns with, and hopes for, the place, with a visit to some nascent urban food garden plots, and then a tour by a local historian telling the amazing tale of this strange new green space which was cleared of residential communities twice (first in the 60′s with “slum-clearances” leading to modern mega residential Ville Radieuse-type developments – and then again in the 1980′s when that plan didn’t work and 15 of the 17 large high-rise housing blocks came down too), now leaving a peculiar mostly unused half-designed programmed substantial green space covered with vacant rolling lawns in the middle of an neighborhood where the population and prosperity has dropped.

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On March 29th, 2012, LEAVING FOR LIVERPOOL…

Atlanta sunset on the way to Liverpool

…where I’ll be visiting for the first time, and having tours and meetings about a new project to re-envision Everton Park – but first it is the gauntlet of ATL.

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By Fritz Haeg on March 29, 2012 | travel
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On March 27th, 2012, LANDING IN OHIO…

landing in Columbus

…over pretty grids for a talk at the Columbus College of Art & Design tomorrow.

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On March 26th, 2012, SPINNING YARN WITH LISA ANNE AUERBACH…

spindle spinning yarn from wool

…was the focus of the afternoon with our last Princeton Student Colony visitor – equipped with homemade spindles from wood dowels and toy wheels, with simple hooks at the end, we passed around the raw Coopworth wool – while gathered in a circle in our outdoor domed classroom – and gradually got the hang of spinning our own yarn – with one inspired student unable t put it down – spinning into the night even after Lisa had given her post-dinner talk.

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On March 21st, 2012, POLITICALLY INSPIRED ACROBATIC PYRAMIDS WITH ROBBY HERST…

Robby Herst organizes capitalist pyramids

…seems to have been a highlight of the Princeton Student Colony so far, which I sadly had to miss while stuck in LA – but I just got some pictures of these human structures they created on the New South lawn which illustrate capitalist structures, while exploring Robby’s personal acrobatic heritage.

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On March 20th, 2012, DECOMPOSED GRANITE…

decomposed granite terraced slopes

…is the beautifully warm-colored soft-textured stone that comes up with almost every shovel and trowel on my hill, which I covered my roof with as it was coming up from the ground in my early gardening days here – and these days re-working the land I first worked a decade ago, I’m making new terraced areas, digging up even more decomposed granite, covering the terraced slopes with it, and inserting cuttings of my favorite sprawling succulents.

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By Fritz Haeg on March 20, 2012 | gardens
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On March 19th, 2012, PRESERVED LEMONS…

lemons, lemons, lemons

…were gifted to me in a classic Kerr self-sealing Mason jar this afternoon from a generous lunch guest along with a print-out of this recipe from Epicurious - inspiring me during these lemon-days in the garden.

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By Fritz Haeg on March 19, 2012 | food
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On March 18th, 2012, GATHERED ROSE PETALS…

yes, my rose petals

…from a wild climbing rose bush (which has surprisingly thrived as a neglected castaway – who knows how it got there – in a hidden overgrown corner of the garden where it is scrambling over some chain link and sending out runners) are drying on a favored Richard Bresnehan pottery plate, sending out good smells, and being something of a rose-hater for their smug needy preciousness, making me grudgingly love this crazy rose bush, now bringing me to the point of considering some potpourri-making as part of the next series of projects, what next?

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By Fritz Haeg on March 18, 2012 | plants
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On March 16th, BACKYARD ARCHEOLOGY…

cleaning the old glass ceramics, and bottles

…replaced gardening this morning as I was reconfiguring the back corner of the garden, moving dirt around, re-grading, making a new terraced area on the site of what must have been the former trash incinerator for the big old 1920′s Spanish style house behind me – and what came up with each new shovel of hydrophobic ashen soil were piles and piles of little bottles, each one different than the next, in funny shapes, which I am now collecting, cleaning, and considering what to do with them next – making me wonder what future generations of Sundown Drive residents will make of what I left back there.

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By Fritz Haeg on March 16, 2012 | archeology
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On March 15th, 2012, GARDEN RUBBLE SCULPTURE…

the pieces of Jed's sculpture in place

…from London via Human Resources (where the rest of the pieces were ceremoniously trashed and trampled) were placed in their new home today (the long abandoned, recently refurbished redwood dog run enclosure – now outdoor sculpture gallery) with artist friend Jedediah Caesar – who came over to help situate the pieces, which will be installed later in the month, when we will celebrate by planting a tree in it’s hole – hopefully a fig.

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On March 14th, 2012, COLLARDS…

collards flanks by broccoli and kale

…in a messy row between the broccoli and the kale are up and ready to eat on the rooftop garden ya’ll.

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By Fritz Haeg on March 14, 2012 | food, gardens
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On March 12th, 2012, SUNDOWN BRAIDED RUG #2 PROCESS…

Oli enjoying half-made Sundown braided rug #2

…is slow and tedious as I make sense of the gathered old grey and green towels and blankets and organize them into a braided spiral pattern – the the real work begins of stitching it all together.

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On March 11th, 2012, SUNDOWN SCHOOLHOUSE OF QUEER HOME ECONOMICS…

Sundown Schoolhouse of Queer Home Economics

…is coming to the rooftop terrace of the Hayward Gallery in London this summer (from June 11th – July 11th for their pre-Olympics Wide Open School program) and we are now looking for local and visiting queers interested in participating, interning, contributing materials, and proposing activities. (preliminary info can be found on the webpage)

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On March 10th, 2012, THE LATE WINTER LOQUAT…

Loquats in the garden and on the table

…that under-rated Chinese fruit is starting to turn soft and yellow on the tree hidden at the top of the garden (planted in 2006, originally part of the Edible Estate #2: Los Angeles HQ installation at Machine Project) which never fails to give me an annual late-winter peachy, citrusy, mango-like surprise.(more info)

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By Fritz Haeg on March 10, 2012 | food
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On March 9th, 2012, SUNSET TRIANGLE PLAZA…

kids with bikes and basketballs enjoying the first days of the street plaza

…was a jolt to the eyes on a hot bright midday lunch excursion to Forage today, coming upon the brand new street-to-plaza conversion at this very familiar intersection of Sunset Boulevard and Maltman – just down the hill from my first L.A. home from 1999-2000, and the location of my favored Saturday farmers market – so I’m thinking yay people, boo cars as I’m DRIVING by. (more info on LAcurbed)

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On March 8th, 2012, A DRAB GREY GREEN BRAIDED RUG…

felt rolls, sleep bags, and towels become a thick drab rug

…is the fourth that I have started (but not finished), each for a different floor of the house (and the early beginnings of a new on-going project), this one a bit of a drab downer after the sparkles in the cave and the blues in the dome – a meeting of raggedy forrest green bath towels on their last legs, old felty grey sleeping bags that nobody would ever consider sleeping in, and yet more of that cheap felt first used to trick-out the Animal Estates HQ at SFMOMA in 2008 – but I am shredding the fabric strips for this one in extra wide sizes resulting a very satisfying substantial chunky hefty cushy rug.

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On March 7th, 2012, ‘LIVING AS FORM’…

Living as Form, MIT Press, 2011

…the 2011 show by Creative Time surveying socially engaged art since 1991, arrived this morning in lovely book form from MIT Press – including a couple of pages on Sundown Salon with cute pics from the kiddie salon, and some other favorites and friends, like Mildred’s Lane, Celine Condorelli, Mark Dion, HaHa, Suzanne Lacy, Rick Lowe, Temporary Services, and Mierle Laderman Ukeles.

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On March 6th, 2012, NEW JERSEY’S KEARNY MARSH…

Kearny March and freeway causeway…is the strange ‘wild’ landscape west of Secaucus – strangled by industry, transit, and general extreme urbanity – that I’m enjoying from the window of a ‘speeding’ NJ Transit train from Princeton to Manhattan this morning – and I’m wondering how are things going down there? (website)

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On March 5th, A COLONY VAN AND CHIP LORD…

today at the Princeton Student Colony, with Chip Lord (top) and van (lower right)

…were the highlights of the day at the Princeton Student Colony, where our distinguished visitor of Ant Farm fame – and personal hero (whom I first met in 2008 when I invited him to join me for a public chat about our work at the Hammer Museum) for all of that wonderful earnest absurd inspiring revolutionary work like Media Burn, Inflatocookbook, House of the 20th Century, Cadillac Ranch, and Media Van – joined us in the cozy confines of our outdoor domed classroom for fascinating stories recounting the founding of the the 1968-78 collective – oh plus we got a Colony van, which is cool.

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