Social Landscapes: Closing Reception

Mar 5, 2014

546058_10151880270761643_127879838_n-1Katya Khan’s month-long project, Sculpting Social Landscapes will have its closing event this Saturday, March 8th, 11-1 p.m.

The public is invited to explore all five elements of the installation: the labyrinth, planted grasses, sculpted mounds, an adobe hut, and flexing one’s sense of touch with “loose parts.”

Address:  730 N. Fair Oaks Avenue, Pasadena, just north of Orange Grove Boulevard.

In the beginning…aerial shot of site…



After week’s of work, playing, and creating…



(Text courtesy of Katya Khan’s Sculpting Social Landscapes.)

SCULPTING SOCIAL LANDSCAPES is an interactive outdoor installation which will be created through a series of community based art events. The events will be held from January 18 through March 8 during the usual Saturdays@SideStreet free community programming from 11 AM to 1PM.

The public will be invited to Side Street Projects’ headquarters to play and socialize in the process of building a mini-landscape for sensory and physical exploration.

The installation will include five elements: an area planted with wild grasses and flowers; adobe huts surrounded by turf covered mounds; a “loose parts” area with sand and gravel; and a labyrinth, which will run throughout the whole area, connecting the elements with each other. The creation and future use of every element designed for this project will encourage various physical activities and sensory skills.

At the opening event, guests will explore the newly built labyrinth. They will learn about history, meanings and purposes of labyrinths presented by Cal Poly Pomona landscape architecture students. Guests will be able to participate in sensory activities from making sounds to food demonstration and tasting prepared by artist and chef Frannie Garretson.

All photos courtesy of Social Landscaping

Participating artists are Katya Khan, Michael Leach, Frances Garretson, Joe Berardi, and Kira Vollman.

Katya Khan is an artist exploring the field where art, landscape architecture and public involvement meet. Inspired by free play and collaborative creative process, Katya Khan is passionate about designing unconventional urban public spaces and empowering people to create those spaces. To see Katya’s other projects please visit Urban Nomad.

Sculpting Social Landscapes – Opening
Saturday, Feb. 8th, 11 a.m.-1 p.m.
730 N. Fair Oaks Ave., just north of Orange Grove Blvd., Pasadena
Free to the public, rsvp here
For complete info, visit Social-Landscapes, Side Street Projects, or the event Facebook page

All photos courtesy of Sculpting Social Landscapes.





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