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?
Proposal Submission Process
The Arroyo Arts Collective invites artists of all disciplines to submit proposals for temporary, site-specific installations addressing issues of sustainability within the area bounded by Griffin Avenue, Scrub Jay Trail and the Butterfly Loop.
As the Audubon Center is first and foremost a wildlife sanctuary it is important for artists to not disturb the living environments of the plants and animals within the grounds. Intrusive activities such as digging or the introduction of non-local plant or animal species is not allowed. Artists are permitted to harvest plants within the Center’s boundaries. Because of the delicate balance of the ecosystems within the park, Elva Yanez, Director of the Audubon Center, will preview all proposals.
Honorariums of $250 - $500 will be awarded to artists whose proposals are selected by jurors Helen Lessick and James Rojas. Award decisions will be based on the complexity and monetary needs of the installation.
Submit two copies of the following:
Project Description: 500 word typed proposal including materials, construction methods, location, and student’s role.
• Images: Five images of past work on cd in .jpg format; one detail shot of each work can also be included.
• Budget: Line item budget of cost of installation including materials, equipment, transportation, assistance, etc.
• Optional: Sketch of proposed installation; image of proposed site.
Include an SASE to return materials and name and contact information on all materials. No electronic submissions accepted.
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