10,000 SUNS 2017 BLOOM
VISITING 10,000 SUNS
PUBLIC ART/PUBLIC PARK | PROVIDENCE RI | 2016-ANNUAL
Ten Thousand Suns is a summer-long botanical performance in which over 10,000 sunflower seeds have been planted and being nurtured over the course of the summer months, on land that until recently sat under a highway, with high compaction, low-organic material, and embedded with toxicity. A portion of the performance is simply the presence of the those who have volunteered to care for the field, with no other motive then “developing” a garden/park for everyone to enjoy.
Rather than using high maintenance and energy intensive large swaths of turf grass, the installation uses the bio-accumulating (removes toxins) and habitat creating properties of Helioanthus (aka, Sunflower) planted in rows in a series of large circles, leaving paths in-between for intimate exploration. The project will create a spontaneous and unique cultural identity for the citizens of Providence and its visitors during the summer months.
The project will last for the duration of the life-cycle of the sunflowers (June-September) and at the end of the sunflowers cycle they will be collected and composted.
Permission and paritial funding was granted by the I-195 District Commission.