The Arroyo Arts Collective’s site-specific temporary installation exhibition, Zone 5 in the City: Art Sustaining Nature, refers to permaculture's classification of “Zone 5” as the wilderness zone from which we learn the important lesson of working with nature not against it. Zone 5 in the City is a project that brings professional artists together with High School students to explore the issue of sustainability through the construction of site-specific installations on the grounds of the Audubon Center at Debs Park.
The Audubon Center is located on one of the last parcels of open space in Los Angeles. Comprising 282 acres of urban wilderness, it contains California walnut woodland and coastal scrub habitats. Located in a wildlife corridor for migratory birds, the park is a haven for 138 species of birds. The Audubon’s building was designed using the principles of sustainability. The design focuses on a number of key environmental issues that are at the heart of sustainable building, including renewable energy sources, water conservation, recycled building materials, and native landscaping.
The exhibit asks artists to consider two questions:
1. What distinguishes the local ecosystem in and around the 17 acres surrounding the Audubon Center?
Here is a gallery of images from the event: