Collaborative Landscape

Cal Andersen Park

July 30th and 31st, 2022.

Two free participatory, relational painting sessions for neighbors, strangers and outliers in Cal Anderson Park. A 16′ foot horizontal canvas on a stretcher is elevated as a table. Volunteers step forward to receive cups of non-toxic, iridescent mica flakes in solutions of water. In coordinated efforts, each group of 20 strangers, pours paint together simultaneously. Compositions form as individual flows move towards weighted holes in the center of the canvas. Photos are taken by all, the painting is wiped away, and a new group is formed.

With the help of an Arts in Parks grant by the Office of Arts & Culture and Seattle Parks and Recreation.

The Role of the Emissary

Building of the Canvas Stretcher

Paint Water Disposal Plan

This video is my most recent work sample for a grant application. It illustrates the path to this project in the park, with examples of previous group painting pours, and the design for the larger painting table.