Forest, For the Trees
A Fiber Environment
In November of 2011, the Arroyo Arts Collective and Yarn Bombing Los Angeles invited artists from all over the world to participate in Forest, For the Trees, a built-environment site specific fiber based installation. It was initially assembled in the Annex section of the Avenue 50 Studio in Highland Park, and later sprouted in the window of the Craft and Folk Art Museum and at the Los Angeles Municipal Art Gallery at Barnsdall Park. Artists will again participate in further growing Forest, For the Trees in the Community Gallery at the Angel’s Gate Cultural Center in San Pedro.
An old-growth forest, through its great age, exhibits unique ecological features and is often home to rare, threatened, and endangered species of plants and animals, making them ecologically significant. Unfortunately, many of our old-growth forest stands are threatened by habitat destruction at the invasive hands of man.
This exhibition hopes to address the wonders and perils of the forest by adding to an environment which is at once unique and fantastic, dangerous and bizarre, and by acknowledging that one day the built environment may be all that’s left us.
The Arroyo Arts Collective’s mission is to develop and present creative events that educate and expand the audience for culture while creating an awareness of the creative vitality that exists in Northeast Los Angeles, one of Los Angeles’ most historic and historically multicultural communities. http://arroyoartscollective.org/
Yarn Bombing Los Angeles, yarn bombing, yarn storming, graffiti knitting, guerrilla knitting, textile graffiti or urban knitting is a type of street art, an urban intervention, which ultimately is self initiated public art that employs colorful displays of knits, crochet or other fiber material. It is a form of environmentally friendly graffiti since it can be easily removed with a pair of scissors without any damage to the surface tagged. http://www.yarnbombinglosangeles.com/